A couple years ago, my Mother-in-Law introduced me to using cake mixes to make cookies. I had been looking for a good cake mix cookie bars recipe online 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.
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.
I mean, come on. Look at these photos.
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 a crispier cake mix cookie bars.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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
1 Cup chocolate chips. I used 1/2 cup holiday mini M&M's and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs and chips or M&M's in large bowl.
Pour the batter (it's going to be thick) into a greased 10x13 baking dish. I sprayed my dish with nonstick cooking spray which worked well.
Bake your bars for 20-30 minutes (I took mine out at 25.)
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.
Recipe via Southern Bite