Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

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!

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!

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Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Instructions:

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 9×13 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.

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9 comments

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

    Rating: 5
  2. This was awesome the whole family loved it.

    Rating: 5
  3. Easy! Tasted great. Crispy edged and moist center

  4. 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)

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

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

  7. 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 

  8. 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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