Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars Recipe
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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

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Lower in fat and calories than you might ever guess, these sweet bars couldn't be easier to whip up, boast a great chocolaty flavor, and make a fun, quick dessert to bring to parties or serve to company! —Jennifer Rafferty, Milford, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 187 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil and egg. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat well. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p43

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 255913
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"Sfcollins step one says to combine the cake mix with other ingredients and to reserve a cup. Step two directs you to sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the filling.

Hope that helps."

Sfcollins User ID: 7951672 255875
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"I must be misinterpreting the recipe. There seems to be information omitted. Recipe is not clear as to what to do with the cake mix and how the crumbles are made. It is very confusing."

Laura User ID: 8883122 255755
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"Quick prep, easy to make. Everyone loved the taste. thanks"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 183430
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Wonderful! I used regular cream cheese, rather than the low fat. I rarely cook or bake with anything low fat, as my husband and I are not overweight, and we rarely eat out or eat fast food. These bars are great and I will make them again!!!"

CGW303 User ID: 233508 180762
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Made this yesterday. Very good; rich. I used a 9x9 pan and it was perfect! I do plan on saving this recipe and making it again."

Jenaz User ID: 5468250 182027
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"These are really simple to make and completely delicious!"

JHALL5001 User ID: 3050092 124715
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"Made this for a family dinner and it was a huge hit. Have made it several times since then, and will be making it again tonight for a church dinner. Super easy, quick prep and very tasty!"

ziona User ID: 4245605 181664
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I really had trouble making the crumb mixture and getting it stirred. I mixed them cream cheese and crumb mixture together. It tasted good, but certainly did not look like the picture. I am going to look for a similar recipe to make."

GovLiz User ID: 4298378 182026
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I had my Bunco Ladies last night and the all loved this recipe. I will certainly make it again. I was short on time and this recipe went together in about the time designated on the recipe. I was short on mini chocolate chips so I added a few toffee bites. Liz in Gardnerville, NV"

kcoffman User ID: 37720 99026
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"I haven't made this recipe yet, but plan to. I'm surprised that you didn't mention to replace the canola oil with unsweetened applesauce to make it healthier. I never use oil in cake mixes, only applesauce and everyone raves about them."

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