Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

It’s no secret that I like to cook & bake.  And eat.  I have quite the sweet tooth in fact. My whole family does for that matter.  And with me loving to do the whole baking thing, my family has gotten to expect some sort of goodies always waiting for them to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

But wait – what happens when there is nothing around to satisfy the sweet teeth in the house?  Oh, the humanity.  What’s a family to do? Enter my little combat weapon when it comes to short-cut desserts – a box of cake mix.  That’s the secret to these easy-peasy chocolate chip cookie bars – they take just minutes to mix up & about 25 minutes to bake.  30 minute dessert from start to finish – I’m game.

Here’s what you need:

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

In a large bowl, combine a box of yellow cake mix with 2 eggs, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1//4 cup of melted butter, & 1/4 cup water.  I like using my KitchenAid mixer for this on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Giving it an old fashioned super duper whipping with a whisk will work too 🙂

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips.  I personally like milk chocolate, but semi-sweet is great too.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread your ‘cookie dough’ into the dish.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 25 minute, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with cake mix for a simple shortcut dessert

Check out the ‘Out of the Box’ Cake Mix Recipe Roundup for some more great short-cut dessert recipes – and don’t miss the easy 3-2-1 mug cake made from just 2 cake mixes & water either.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the first 5 ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer – or beat really good by hand with a whisk. Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the batter into the pan, and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with a cake mix for a delicious shortcut dessert!