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Best Cake Mix Cookie Bars With Chocolate Chips

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Did you know you can make these 4 ingredient cake mix cookie bars ? All you have to do is mix, dump, bake, slice, and serve. These cookie bars from a cake mix are so soft and studded with sweet chocolate morsels in each bite.

Cookie Bars with chocolate chips on a wooden table.

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Pair your chocolate chip cookie bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert idea. This simple dessert is suitable for even those who don’t enjoy baking.

Want more delicious cookie recipes to try out?  If you loved this recipe, and you’d like to make some more at home, start with some fresh raspberry chocolate chip cookies. Then you could try something a little different with some tie dye sugar cookies and see how to decorate them yourself.

And if you feel like you still need more chocolate, why not try making some chocolate mousse silk brownies? They are perfect for chocolate fans. Or, for a great combination, make this icebox cake with chocolate and banana.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Preparation: With just four simple ingredients, these cake mix cookie bars redefine convenience in baking, requiring minimal preparation time and effort -the perfect quick dessert!
  • Versatile for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a family gathering, a school event, or a casual weeknight dessert, these cookie bars are a crowd-pleaser that fits perfectly into any situation.
  • Customizable To Your Taste: To make these cookie bars uniquely yours, feel free to get creative by adding nuts, candies, or different types of chocolate chips.
  • No Special Equipment Needed: Forget the mixer or any fancy baking tools. All you need is a bowl, a spoon, and your oven to whip up these delicious treats.
Butter, eggs, cake mix, and chocolate chips on a countertop.
  • Butter—For this simple recipe, you will use a melted stick of butter. I recommend unsalted butter, as the cake mix can have some salt flavor.
  • Eggs – Large eggs are what I used for this great recipe.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – I used a box of yellow cake mix. Of course, you can change up the flavor of the cake mix you use, from chocolate cake mix, strawberry cake mix, white cake mix, lemon cake mix, to even Funfetti cake mix.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – These will help richen up the cookie bars. You can use any flavor of chocolate chips you want. Or even reach for peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, etc.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Gluten-Free Cake Mix: A gluten-free cake mix easily accommodates those with gluten sensitivities. The recipe should work just as well, providing a delicious alternative for all to enjoy.
  • Vegan Options: To make these cookie bars vegan, mix vegan cake and substitute the butter with a plant-based margarine. A popular vegan substitute for eggs is a flaxseed or chia seed egg replacement.
  • Mix-In Variety: Don’t limit yourself to semi-sweet chocolate chips; feel free to explore with white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, or even candy pieces like M&Ms or crushed candy canes for a festive twist.
  • Nutty Flair: For an added crunch and a nutty flavor, consider mixing in your favorite chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
  • Spice It Up: To add a warm and cozy flavor, especially during the fall season, mix in some cinnamon or pumpkin spice into the cake mix for an aromatic treat.
  • Butter – You will use a melted stick of butter for this recipe. I recommend unsalted butter, as the cake mix can have some salt flavor to it.
  • Eggs – Large eggs are what I used for this recipe.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – I used a box of yellow cake mix. Of course, you can change up the flavor of cake mix you use. From chocolate cake mix, white cake mix to even a funfetti cake mix.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – This is going to help richen up the cookie bars. You can use any flavor of chocolate chips you want. Or even reach for peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, etc.
Collage of assembling cake mix cookie bars.
  1. Preheat your oven to the required temperature and properly prepare your baking pan with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
  2. Mix the melted butter and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. (Photos 1 & 2)
  3. Gradually add the box of cake mix to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips into the batter, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout. (Photo 3)
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan, evenly spreading it out.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven according to the recipe’s specified time or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the cookie bars cool in the pan before slicing into squares. (Photo 4)
Cookie Bars sitting on a white plate and on a white cloth napkin.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t over mix the batter for these chocolate chip cookies, or can the cake mix cookies a bit dense as it bakes up.
  • A 9×13 baking dish is what I used. Use parchment paper to place on the bottom of the pan so you can lift the whole cookie bars out to slice and serve.
  • Any brand of cake mix works; just buy whatever you prefer in terms of flavor.
  • This truly is an easy recipe for cake mix bars. Measure and bake as directed, and they should turn out fine.
  • You can mix in a large bowl with a whisk or use a hand mixer to speed up the prep work. It takes little time to mix up either way.
  • When the cookie bars are done, the tops will turn a little golden brown and pull away from the edge of the pan.
  • I like to use a rubber spatula to spread the cookie dough evenly in the pan before baking.
  • Allow the delicious cookie bars to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Storing Tips 

For these easy cake mix cookie bars, just store them at room temperature in an airtight container or in plastic wrap once they have fully cooled off from the oven. The cookies will store for up to 4-5 days. I do find the bars are best eaten within a day or two of being made.

If you don’t want to eat these chewy cookie bars all immediately, you can freeze them for later. Just place them in a freezer bag or container and freeze for 3-4 months. Then, when you are ready to eat, thaw them on the counter for 1-2 hours before serving.

Serving Suggestions

For a classic coffee shop vibe, serve them alongside a steaming cup of coffee or espresso, allowing the warmth of the beverage to contrast beautifully with the soft, sweet texture of the bars. Ice cream enthusiasts might enjoy a scoop of vanilla or even pair the cookies with something like fruit roll-up ice cream sandwiches

For those looking to add a fruity twist, a dollop of whipped cream accompanied by fresh berries or something like a marshmallow fruit salad is a good option. For the ultimate dessert indulgence, drizzle hot fudge or caramel sauce over the bars right before serving. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these cookie bars with a different type of cake mix?

Yes, you can use any boxed cake mix flavor for this easy dessert recipe. Whether you prefer lemon for a tangy twist, spice cake for a fall vibe, or even chocolate cake mix for double the chocolate indulgence, the process remains the same.

How can I tell if the cookie bars are fully baked?

The cookie bars are done when the edges become golden brown and slightly pull away from the sides of the pan. Inserting a toothpick or a knife in the center should come out clean or with a few crumbs attached.

Can I add frosting to these cookie bars?

Absolutely! Adding frosting can elevate these cookie bars to the next level. You can spread a layer of your favorite frosting on top once the bars have completely cooled. Chocolate, cream cheese, or even a simple buttercream frosting works great.

Is it possible to make these cookie bars less sweet?

If you find the recipe too sweet, opt for a cake mix with less sugar or unsweetened chocolate chips. Another option is to reduce the amount of mix-ins that add additional sweetness, such as candy pieces.

What’s the best way to cut the cookie bars without them crumbling?

Ensure the cookie bars are completely cool before cutting to minimize crumbling. Make swift and clean cuts using a sharp knife, cleaning the knife between slices. Chilling the bars beforehand can also help for even softer cuts.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars close up shot.
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Cake Mix Cookie Bar stacked on a white cloth napkin.
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Best Cake Mix Cookie Bars with Chocolate Chips


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Best Cake Mix Cookie Bars with Chocolate Chips take just 4 ingredients to make. Fluffy cookie bars that are studded with sweet chocolate morsels in each bite. This is a yellow cake mix recipe that will stand out from the rest.

Ingredients 

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 – 12 oz (28 ⅓ g) bag semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to the required temperature and properly prepare your baking pan with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
  • Mix the melted butter and eggs in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Gradually add the box of cake mix to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips into the batter, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan, evenly spreading it out.
  • Bake in the preheated oven according to the recipe’s specified time or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookie bars cool in the pan before slicing into squares.

Notes

  • Don’t over mix the batter for these chocolate chip cookies, or can the cake mix cookies a bit dense as it bakes up.
  • A 9×13 baking dish is what I used. Use parchment paper to place on the bottom of the pan so you can lift the whole cookie bars out to slice and serve.
  • Any brand of cake mix works; just buy whatever you prefer in terms of flavor.
  • This truly is an easy recipe for cake mix bars. Measure and bake as directed, and they should turn out fine.
  • You can mix in a large bowl with a whisk or use a hand mixer to speed up the prep work. It takes little time to mix up either way.
  • When the cookie bars are done, the tops will turn a little golden brown and pull away from the edge of the pan.
  • I like to use a rubber spatula to spread the cookie dough evenly in the pan before baking.
  • Allow the delicious cookie bars to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie bar Calories: 347kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 52g (17%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 29mg (10%) Sodium: 328mg (14%) Potassium: 205mg (6%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 30g (33%) Vitamin A: 55IU (1%) Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 114mg (11%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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