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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

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: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD: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, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, oil and egg; mix until blended. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes.
  • 2. For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved topping.
  • 3. Bake until set, 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 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.

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 257948
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"I made this in an 8x8 pan and it was amazing! I think this made the crust easier to work with (I mixed oil and egg first, and it did seem dry, but easily made a crust when pressed together). I made this to use up a German chocolate cake mix, and now I might keep one on hand just for this recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 8914765 257146
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2016

"I was so disappointed with these bars. I wouldn't even call them bars. They are very crumbly cookie-like bites. The cup of crumbs you sprinkle on top don't melt, the mini chips don't completely melt, they crumble when cut, and there isn't enough cream cheese to really taste. I sure won't make these again."

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."

ktbug_89 User ID: 3620849 185423
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"This was Delicious!! i was out of chocolate cake mix so I used some Red Velvet I had in my pantry. It turned out great! I would definitely recomend it:)"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 99025
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"I made these for my birthday and I was not impressed."

[email protected] User ID: 2715148 168816
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"One word...Delicious! :)"

pnkgross4 User ID: 3604059 99015
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"These bars were very easy to make, and quite a few people said that they were better than any brownie they had ever had. They're delicious and nobody would ever think that these were so healthy."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 185421
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"this is a chocolate lover's dream! made it for my son's birthday - he loves German chocolate cake, so this just made it extra special!"

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