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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

"Whenever I need a quick dessert for a bake sale or get-together, I rely on this recipe," informs Tammy Haugen of Mayville, Wisconsin. "I keep cake mixes on hand, so these chocolate chip-studded treats are a snap to stir up."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Spread in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Melt shortening with the remaining chocolate chips; drizzle over the top. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 120 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Bonnie
    Jan 5, 2021

    My grandson (who is a cookie bar fanatic) loved these and was surprised to learn they were not from scratch! I love Taste of Home. I have a shelf full of magazines and books that I use over and over. I added a teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 cup of sour cream to add a little extra moisture. So much easier that sifting and measuring!

  • rossmom229
    Sep 7, 2016

    My husband kept asking me to make "cookie bars" I produced various recipes and nothing met with his approval. This is THE recipe that made him happy! It's so quick and easy, and who doesn't have a cake mix in the pantry? I make these delicious bars all the time and it makes the whole family really happy!

  • LakeErieCook
    Apr 3, 2016

    i have been making these for many years since i first found this recipe in your Quick Cooking book delicious

  • mamaknowsbest
    Nov 11, 2014

    These came out beautiful! I've made a lot of cake mix bar cookies but this was the first that included the addition of brown sugar. The edges of the bars were chewy and the middle was soft. I used a seasonal cake mix with fall colored sprinkles. They cut very nice and looked great on a plate. They did bake for shortly over 25 minutes. I will be making this recipe for many years to come. Quick, easy and yummy warm from the oven!

  • manga
    May 27, 2014

    I didn't think the bars were anything great. They weren't very moist . I wouldn't make again.

  • dp9592
    Mar 23, 2014

    These were great! I made them for church fellowship time, so I doubled the recipe and used a jelly roll pan and used 3/4 cup brown sugar. I didn't have enough chocolate chips, so used 1 1/2 cup chocolate, and 1 1/2 cup white chips. I didn't add the nuts and didn't drizzle anything on top, but they were still great and so easy to make! They taste like homemade chocolate chip bars, without all the measuring and mess!

  • CMR15
    Jul 27, 2013

    Very easy to make! The chocolate chips are great-I'd use a bit ore brown sugar next time!

  • mmskulski
    Dec 3, 2012

    No comment left

  • alexismd
    Sep 13, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! And easy to make. They come out nice and moist. Sometimes I would warm them up and put some vanilla ice cream on it. Yum!

  • Susie Kay
    Aug 30, 2011

    I bought a Taste of Home's 200l Quick Cooking book at a garage sale and found this great recipe in it, which everyone loves.