Cheater Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
on Apr 18, 2019, Updated Jan 24, 2020
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For bakers and non-bakers alike, these chocolate chip cookie bars come together effortlessly with the use of a cake mix and a handful of additional ingredients!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These Cheater Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars couldn’t be simpler. You start with a cake mix and add a few more things, and voila! You’ll look like a pro baker with minimal effort and time. That’s why these have “cheater” in the name–they practically make themselves.
Not only do they come together in a hurry, but they are so, so good. They stay soft and moist, and pair just exquisitely with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And don’t be nervous about the cake mix; they aren’t cake-y in flavor when you are done, and the mix allows you to get a solid head-start on this easy-as-
What are cookie bars?
Cookie bars take all the goodness of cookies and turn them into a simplified single-layer dessert. Rather than having to roll dough into balls and bake all the cookies separately, you simply pour your cookie batter into a greased baking dish. It allows you to make a bulk dessert that’s easy to travel with and share with others!
When should you cut cookie bars?
Wait until your cookie bars have cooled for at least 20 minutes and the chocolate drizzle has settled before cutting into them. You don’t want them to be too warm that they lose their shape or the chocolate slides off into a gooey mess. (Although, isn’t that the best sort of mess?)
How long will Cheater Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars last?
These are such a fantastic dessert to bring to gatherings or potlucks, and if you have any remaining afterwards, they’ll keep for up to a week covered in the fridge! You can also freeze them for a month or two, and they’ll be just fine.
For bakers and non-bakers alike, these cookie bars come together effortlessly with the use of a cake mix and a handful of additional ingredients!
- 1 package yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
- 1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, and water.
- Stir in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
- Spread into a greased 9×13-inch pan.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until light brown.
- In a small bowl, melt shortening (or coconut oil) and the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave; drizzle over the top (or just spread it if you don’t feel like drizzling).
- Cut into bars and enjoy!
- I don’t have luck with store brand or cheap cake mixes. I used a Betty Crocker one and it had great results.
- You can use milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips, or a combination, depending on your preferences.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Other chocolate chip cookie recipes you will love:
- The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies
Other cake mix dessert recipes that make baking a snap:
- Cake Mix Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Homemade Soft Oreos from a cake mix
- Cheater Brookies (Chocolate Chip Cookies + Brownies)
- Cheater Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake
- Grandma Shoaf’s Quick and Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake
I had a girlfriend come visit last weekend, and it’s been a decade since we’ve seen each other. She told me that this is her easy, go-to recipe for treats and one that she makes over and over again. It made my day!
This recipe was originally published in February 2012 and has been updated, rephotographed, and republished in April 2019.