Dear Crissy

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

My cake mix cookie bars are my number one go-to easy dessert recipe. This recipe is one of the most loved on my blog. Don’t miss it!

Many years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to using cake mixes to make cookies. Mind=blown!

After poking around the web for a good cake mix cookie bars recipe recently—because I heart easy recipes—when I came across a great cake mix cookie bars recipe on Southern Bite called The Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Ever.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe - I've scoured Pinterest for the best cake mix cookie bars recipe and this is THE ONE folks, be sure to repin it and try it to see what I mean!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

It’s true, this recipe is dead simple, and you’ll end up with soft, golden, ooey-gooey cake mix cookie bars chock full of chocolate chips and M&M’s. Seriously, these are crazy good.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

I mean, come on. Look at these photos.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe - I've scoured Pinterest for the best cake mix cookie bars recipe and this is THE ONE folks, be sure to repin it and try it to see what I mean!

It literally took me like 5 minutes to dump a few simple ingredients into a bowl, pour it into a baking dish, and throw it in the oven.

I am an instant gratification kind of girl, and while I enjoy baking, I don’t have the patience for anything really fancy. I wish I did!

These cake mix cookie bars would make an excellent addition to a holiday party, especially if you’re crunched for time and want something warm, chewy, and delicious with very little fuss.

I have to admit, I could tell these cake mix cookie bars were going to be heavenly just by the way the batter looked and smelled.

The batter was golden, and the bright holiday M&M’s looked like a smattering of twinkling festive ornaments in the bowl.

Of course, after the holiday season, you could use just plain chocolate chips, regular M&M’s or even mini peanut butter cups as mix-ins. Your options are really endless with this recipe.

I’m a fan of soft and chewy, but you could bake these another 10 minutes for crispier cake mix cookie bars.

Before you run off to pin and print this recipe (which you totally SHOULD), I can’t let you leave before I send you over to my special chocolate raspberry bars and my chewy pecan pie bars!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe - I've scoured Pinterest for the best cake mix cookie bars recipe and this is THE ONE folks, be sure to repin it and try it to see what I mean!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe


  • 1 Box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 Small box instant vanilla pudding (just put in the powder!)
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 3/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips. I used 1/2 cup holiday mini M&M's and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs, and chips or M&M's in large bowl.
  3. Pour the batter (it's going to be thick) into a greased 9x13 pan. I sprayed my dish with nonstick cooking spray which worked well.
  4. Bake your bars for 20-30 minutes (I took mine out at 25.)
  5. It may look sort of raw in the middle but if the edges are just golden and starting to get crispy, it's probably perfect.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe - I've scoured Pinterest for the best cake mix cookie bars recipe and this is THE ONE folks, be sure to repin it and try it to see what I mean!

    42 Comments on “Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe”

  1. When using a boxed cake mix to make cookies or bars, does it taste like a cake or like a cookie?  I am curious of the texture.

  2. Try chocolate cake mix and peanut butter chips.

  3. Love this bar recipe! I have made these many times around the holidays with the original recipe (yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, chocolate chips, & M&M’s), they are always a huge hit! For a different variation in the Spring / Summer, I made this bar recipe using lemon cake mix, cheesecake pudding, & white chocolate chips)… oh my! Those were divine too! I could also see cheesecake pudding & white chocolate chips working well with strawberry cake mix or even pineapple cake mix to make other variations of these amazing cookie cake bars ! 

  4. Can you make these a head of time? How do you store them without drying out?

  5. Did you prepare the cake mix or did you just add the powder to the other items?

  6. Can I make these into cookies?  I need a good, easy recipe for a cookie exchange.  If so, any guess on baking time?

    • Cookie BARS are considered cookies…I take them to cookie exchanges all the time and they are a HIT!…everyone wants a good recipe that has shortcuts and this takes much less time than individually dropping raw balls of cookie dough…

  7. can you make cookies out of this recipe and not bars?
    Thanks Nancy 

  8. How many servings should come out from this? Also instead of doing bars, would individual cookies bake fine?

  9. did you use the cake mix that used oil or butter?

  10. Will this work with sugar free cake mix and sugar free pudding?

  11. Do you think a sugar free cake mix and jello would work for this recipe?

  12. Thank you for the great recipe,  I made this sugar free by using sugar free cake mix, sugar free vanilla pudding and sugar free chocolate chips.. 

  13. Tried this today. Very fast and easy. Thank you!!

  14. Can these be baked ahead and frozen? 

  15. Made this recipe twice……once with chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding….those 2 plus the chocolate chips was like chocolate heaven……second time with yellow cake mix and chocolate pudding..was a lighter version of the first but still fabulous. Am so glad to have found this recipe thank you so much for sharing

  16. My daughter and friends love these. It’s a fun sleepover favorite!

  17. So good!!

  18. So easy and perfect for quick office parties 

  19. I’ve made these 4 or 5 times, and they are a huge hit with everyone. Someone always asks for the recipe. I’m making them for a Thanksgiving dessert this year. They’ve become one of my staple easy sweet treats. Thank you so much for the recipe! 

  20. Just made these for the family. Used gluten free cake mix instead of the regular one. It is so yummy 

    • Good to know! I just used a GF mix & was hoping it would work. Only had chocolate pudding, ha ha, so I might as well have used a chocolate cake mix. 

  21. I made these this morning for a bbq I’m going to tonight.   I sampled them……oh my!!!!   They are good.  Thanks for the recipe 

  22. Sorry…..another question do you combine just by stirring or use a mixer??

  23. How do you store them? Just countertop and covered?

  24. This has become one of my ‘go-to’ recipes when I need something easy but delicious! People ask for the recipe whenever I bring it to a party. I’m making it as I write his for a bbq today. I make the recipe Exactly as described here. Thanks!!

  25. I just made these substituting a chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding….my family loved them and they were so very easy!

  26. These are amazing. I made them for “Santa” and he ate very last morsel :-)

  27. This was awesome the whole family loved it.

  28. Easy! Tasted great. Crispy edged and moist center

  29. hi! i was wondering what size the small box of jello was. i have two at home and not sure which to use (3.4 oz box or 1.85 oz box)

  30. One of my favorite go-to recipies… also, subbing out chocolate cake and chocolate pudding TOTALLY works as well :) 

  31. these cookies look so good, I’m going to make them for my children

  32. I have made this before just like recipe and they came out awesome! I got rave reviews from friends and family. This time I changed it and used peanut butter chips and m&ms abs although everyone still liked them, I was disappointed because I couldn’t really taste the peanut butter chips.  Still awesome recipe 

  33. Thank you from an overworked mom who doesn’t bake often because it’s such a chore….my poor kids. But now I can do this, and other variations: Chocolate cake with white chocolate chips or nuts, Lemon with poppy seed and orange zest…..

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