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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cake Bars Recipe

"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. YIELD:42 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Spread in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. Melt shortening with the remaining chocolate chips; drizzle over the top. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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rossmom229 User ID: 1666677 253802
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1158283 246508
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

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

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 29886
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4211076 31945
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

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

dp9592 User ID: 1995597 27531
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7352203 72705
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

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

alexismd User ID: 4533558 51869
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5815157 26561
Reviewed 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."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 77305
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"These are moist and delicious. I did not have a yellow cake mix on had so l used chocolate and it turned out great!"

heidiamills User ID: 4892012 27530
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I fed these to my group of 8-11 year old girls from church and these bars were gone in NO TIME!! Will definitely be making these again:) Instead of melting the shortening and choc. chips I just sprinkled some chips on top of the cake as soon as it was out of the oven and then stuck it back in for a couple minutes and then smeared them over the cake"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 40043
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I made this recipie for my neighborhood labor day party & every one loved them!!! They said that I would now have to bring them to every labor day party. I thought that they were a little bit under cooked but other than that they were fabulous :)"

hwdog User ID: 5202486 203519
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"THESE ARE AWESOME!! I sent them to my brother in college and he loved them. He said they were better then chocolate chip cookies! They don't get hard and they freeze well."

Donna40_NY User ID: 142390 29871
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Thank you, I am going to print this.  I know my DS will love it."

DenaHighberger User ID: 1263355 51868
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Really easy! I have made these bars numerous times for my kids and faculty treats. These bars are so moist and chewy just like a great chocolate chip cookie but I only have to clean one pan."

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