5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (2023)

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Cake mix cookie bars are an easy dessert recipe with spectacular results! Moist, chewy, and decadent bars loaded with gooey chocolate chips all made with just 5 ingredients! The perfect quick dessert for those irresistible cookie cravings!

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Easy Dessert Idea

If you’ve never made cake mix cookies you’ve been missing out on the opportunity to make life in the kitchen so much easier! Chocolate chip cookies bars with cake mix is an easier version of homemade chocolate chip cookie bars because using a boxed cake mix takes over several single ingredients. Fewer steps with equally yummy results!

Cake mix cookie bar recipes have a similar consistency to the cake but with the added butter and eggs and spreading it out thinly to bake, they end up like a giant cookie! They’re soft and moist with added chocolate chips that melt and get all gooey. They taste delicious!

It’s a super simple dessert to throw together anytime, whether your kids want a little sweet treat after dinner with a cold glass of milk, or served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for movie night!

Only 5 Ingredients!

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Find the fullprintable recipewith specific measurements below.

  • Yellow cake mix:You can use any brand of cake mix you prefer. Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines are my go to. Don’t use the ingredients on the box. Follow the recipe as I have it listed below. Otherwise, you will be making a cake!
  • Vegetable oil:This is the fat that adds moisture and richness to the batter.
  • Large eggs:This will bind the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla: A dash of vanilla will do.
  • Chocolate chip cookies:I use semi-sweet as sometimes, but you use whatever you prefer.

How Are Cookie Bars Made With Cake Mix?

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  1. Combine. Mix together the cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla just until combined.
  2. Add. Fold in chocolate chips. It will now resemble more of a cookie dough than a cake batter.
  3. Press. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined 9×13 baking dish. Keep in mind the dough will be thick and sticky, so use another piece of parchment paper or a rubber spatula, press down to flatten. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Variations for Cake Bars

Swap the box of cake mix for a different flavor and use your favorite add-ins!

  • Red velvet and white chocolate chips. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
  • Devil’s food cake. Double the chocolate with chocolate cake and chocolate chips!
  • M&Ms cookie bars. Use a yellow or vanilla cake mix and toss in some colorful M&M candies.
  • Peanut Butter: Add in a scoop of peanut butter into the batter. Then you can mix in peanut butter chips and peanuts to really amp of the peanut butter flavor. I still like to keep the chocolate chips in there too to balance it all out.
  • Other add-ins to try are crushed candy bars, nuts and butterscotch chips.
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“These were SO easy and now they’re a kid favorite in our house, and that makes me “super mom”, so I thank you!”

Tips for Making Cake Mix Bars

  • You can substitute canola oil for melted butter if preferred.
  • Bring your eggs to room temperature beforehand for even baking.
  • If you don’t have parchment paper on hand, be sure to use any nonstick cooking spray. When it comes time to slice the bars you don’t want them to stick!
  • Do not overmix the mixture. Gently fold in the chocolate chips then leave it alone. This way it won’t become too dense and overworked.
  • Adding a few extra chocolate chips on top before baking is nice for the presentation. No one would blame you if you just ate them instead ;)

FAQ

How to store cake bars?

Keep any leftover bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also store these cake bars in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Why is it called a bar cookie?

Dessert bars are typically baked in a pan and cut into squares where cookies are baked in the shape of a circle. They are not as fluffy as a cake and have a more similar texture to my cake mix chocolate chip cookies.

Does cake mix actually expire?

Yes cake mix will expire, but you can typically use a few months after the expiration date. If you’re getting close to the expiration date and not ready to bake, you can freeze the mix to get a few more months out of it.

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Cake Mix Cookie Bars

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Author: Jamielyn Nye

Cake mix cookie bars are an easy dessert recipe with spectacular results! Moist, chewy, and decadent bars loaded with gooey chocolate chips all made with just 5 ingredients! The perfect quick dessert for those irresistible cookie cravings!

Prep Time: 7 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 27 mins

Servings: 24

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Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • cup butter , melted (can sub for canola oil)
  • 2 large eggs , whisked
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips , more for top if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13" pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  • Combine the cake mix, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir together until combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix just until combined.

  • Scoop the dough into the prepared baking mat. Press down evenly with a piece of parchment paper, or the palm of your hand. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. You don’t want them to brown.

  • Allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Then remove and slice into squares.

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Notes

Variations: You can use pretty much any flavor of cake mix to make these cookie bar. Feel free to add in your favorite mix-ins.

  • Red velvet white chocolate chip: If you’re a fan of red velvet cake, you’re going to love this version! Use a red velvet cake mix and mix in 1 cup of white chocolate chips.
  • Devil’s food cake: If you’re a chocolate lover, use a chocolate cake mix.
  • M&M: You can use white or yellow cake mix for this variation. Mix in 1 cup M&M’s.

Storage: Store in a covered container for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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16 comments

    • Wendy
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (16)

    These were a hit at our office party!

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      • Taylor @ I Heart Naptime

      Love to hear that!

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    • Journa Liz Ramirez
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (17)

    Thanks Jamielyn, I love this dessert idea! Kids can’t get enough of these decadent cookie bars, they even requested to put it on our go-to dessert recipes. YUM!

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      • Taylor @ I Heart Naptime

      Always love to hear they were a hit with your little ones! Thanks for your comment and review, Journa :)

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    • Greta
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (18)

    I love how easy these bars are! Thanks for the recipe!

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      • Taylor @ I Heart Naptime

      You are so welcome, Greta! Glad you loved them :)

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    • Cam
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (19)

    This was so good! Love it!

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    • Allyssa

    I really loved cake mix cookie bars! This is my new favorite, very easy to make and really delicious! Highly recommended!

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    • Joyce
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (20)

    I liked these, easy & no mess, I used a butter pecan cake mix, these are soft … but that was what I was after. Will make again. Thanks!

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      • I Heart Naptime

      Mmm sounds delicious! So happy to hear you enjoyed them, Joyce :)

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    • Kari Thompson
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (21)

    It was good, but… a little dry. I wouldn’t make it again.

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      • Jamielyn Nye

      Sorry they turned out dry. They could have been over mixed over over baked. If you’re looking for a more tradition cookie bar, here’s my favorite one: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/mm-cookie-bars/

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    • Allyson Zea
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (22)

    My family absolutely loved these! Thank you so much for the easy recipe!

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    • Jessica
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (23)

    These were SO easy and now they’re a kid favorite in our house, and that makes me “super mom”, so I thank you! Haha!

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      • I Heart Naptime

      Yay! Love to hear this :)

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    • Jennifer
    • 5-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookie Bars - I Heart Naptime (24)

    We LOVED these cookie bars! They are so tasty and super easy to make!!! Can’t wait to make them again!

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