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Easy Cake Mix Cookie Bars recipe made with yellow cake mix and chocolate chips are a quick way to satisfy your craving for chocolate chip cookies. Everyone loves this easy dessert recipe!

plate of cake mix cookie bars with chocolate chips and m and m candies on the table

I am a huge fan of easy recipes! Whenever I have a craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies but not a lot of time, I like to whip up some homemade chocolate chip cookie bars.

They don’t take as long as making cookies, but they taste just as good. Well, these lazy cookie bars are just as good as homemade and even easier to make!

Easy cake mix cookie bars are an easy dessert recipe. They’re perfect when you need to bring dessert to a potluck or bake sale and make a terrific for an after school snack or summer treat!

If you like cake mix cookies, you’ll love these cookie bars made with cake mix!

box of yellow cake mix, eggs, chocolate chips and butter


You only need a few simple ingredients for this yellow cake mix cookie bars recipe. If you don’t have these pantry staples at home, you can find them in grocery stores or online:

  • Butter — for richer flavor
  • Box yellow cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Ground cinnamon — adds flavor, but optional
  • Chocolate chips

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees f. Then, prepare a 9 X 13 baking dish. You can use non stick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

I prefer parchment paper because it’s easy to lift the bars out for slicing.

Melt the butter in a large bowl in your microwave. Then, add the dry cake mix, cinnamon and eggs.

melted butter and cake mix in mixing bowl

Mix the ingredients with a large spoon, rubber spatula or hand mixer. Then, stir in the chocolate chips.

The batter is very thick, but this is normal.

cake mix cookie bar dough with chocolate chips in bowl

Pro tip — spray the spatula with non stick spray. This makes it easier to spread the cookies into the baking pan!

Pat the cookie dough so that it covers the bottom of the baking sheet. If you want, you can even use your hands for this part.

You can leave the bars alone or add candy, sprinkles or more chocolate chips. We topped ours with mini m and m chocolate candies and more chocolate chips!

spread cake mix cookie dough in pan with spatula

Cooking Time

Place the bars into the preheated oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out mostly clean.

All ovens are different, so the total bake time may vary.

pan of chocolate chip cake mix cookie bars with m and ms on the table

Allow the cookie bars to cool down until you can handle them. Then, gently pull up the parchment paper, and place on a wire rack or even surface.

Slice into bars while they’re still warm for a truly delicious treat! You can even top cake mix bar cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert!

My family thinks these are the best cookie bars ever!

loaded cookie bars made with cake mix on a plate

How to Store

Store cookie bars in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. They can be left out at room temperature.

Cake mix bars last 4 to 5 days –if you can keep your hands off that long!

Yes, you can freeze these gooey cake bars! Allow to cool completely, then just wrap uncut bars in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months for best taste.


There are a couple of different ways to customize these chewy cookie bars.

Vary the flavor of your cookie bars by using a different box of cake mix. Yellow cake mix, white cake mix, chocolate cake mix, red velvet cake mix, and strawberry cake mix are all great options!

Instead of semi sweet chocolate chips, use peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or leave them out entirely.

You can also try toffee bits, mint chips, and sprinkles. Of course, different cake mixes complement different toppings, so you can really add whatever you think is best for your bars!

You can substitute olive oil or vegetable oil for the butter.

5 from 7 votes
By: Dee
Easy Cake Mix Cookie Bars recipe made with yellow cake mix and chocolate chips are a quick way to satisfy your craving for chocolate chip cookies. Everyone loves this easy dessert recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12


  • ½ cup butter 1 stick
  • 15.25 oz box yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cups chocolate chips
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees f
  • Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray
  • Melt butter in a large microwaveable bowl, and add cake mix, cinnamon and eggs
  • Mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips
  • Press cookie dough into prepared baking dish with a spatula until it covers the pan evenly
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of bars comes out mostly clean and not gooey
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool until able to handle. Gently lift parchment paper, and slice into bars or slice in baking dish


Top with extra chocolate chips or candies or sprinkles before baking, if desired.
Store in a covered container. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months for best taste.


Calories: 326kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 350mg, Potassium: 31mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 332IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Cake mix chocolate chip bars are a great recipe you can make with just a handful of ingredients. These gooey bars are the perfect quick dessert, combining the ease of box cake mix with the classic taste of a good chocolate chip cookie!

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  1. Kathy says:

    Made these with the grandkids. Super easy and great tasting. We will be making these often.5 stars

  2. Pam says:

    Loved these cookie bars! Just made them for the second time today!5 stars

  3. Theresa Solomon says:

    Delish! My SIL hates cinnamon, so I skipped it and when I use boxed cake mix I always add a teaspoon of almond extract; otherwise I followed the recipe as printed. They were so pretty and a huge hit!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks for sharing your tip. So glad you liked the cookie bars!

  4. Jessica says:

    I made these after coming across your Instagram, and these are just delicious! I love how simple they were to make, and I’ll definitely be making them again.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome, Jessica! Thanks for the great review!

  5. Celine says:

    Yes, please! We loved these cookie bars for afternoon snacks.5 stars

  6. Patrick says:

    This is great! Even I can make this! Makes me look like I can cook! Keep the easy recipes coming!5 stars