Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

5 from 10 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are great for when you need chocolate without the hassle of baking from scratch. With only 4 ingredients, these chewy chocolate chip bars are calling your name.

chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars on a plate with stack of chocolate chip cookie bars on the side.

These Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a quick and easy dessert that the whole family will love. There are few things more delicious than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie.

But sometimes, even the most dedicated baker doesn’t have the time (or energy) to make individual cookies. That’s why these lazy cookie bars are the perfect simple dessert. It will become one of your favorite recipes.


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • Easy Ingredients: These easy chewy cookie bars only need 4 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love classic chocolate chip cookies, and this easy cookie recipe is easy to make with older children.
  • Adaptable: Add in your favorite candy to customize these easiest chocolate chip cookie bars.
  • Bake Sale Favorite: This easy recipe is quick and cost efficient for when you have a last minute bake sale.
ingredients needed to make chocolate chip cookie bars with cake mix

Ingredient Notes

  • Mini Chocolate Chips: If you only have large chocolate chips, chop them or put them in the food processor. Larger chips overtake the square muffin pan.
  • Butter: For sweet cake mix cookie bars, use an unsalted stick of butter in this recipe.
Chocolate Cookie Bars on a plate.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Chocolate Chips – Use your favorite add ins for this tasty treat. White chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and sprinkles are all fun substitutions your family will love.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Bars with Cake Mix

These are the basic steps for making Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

Grease square muffin pan, or pan of your choice, with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.

STEP 2: BUTTER

Melt butter in microwave until fully melted. Mix melted butter with eggs in a large bowl.

a collage of 2 images showing how to make the batter for the chocolate chip bars.

STEP 3: MIX

Stir in entire box of yellow boxed cake mix until well combined. Add in chocolate chips.

a collage of 2 images showing how to make the easy cookie bars.

STEP 4: DIVIDE

Divide into prepared baking pan with spoon. This recipe makes about a dozen cookie bars.

STEP 5: BAKE

Bake for 20-25 minutes, adjusting accordingly to the pan size. Edges should be golden brown.

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STEP 6: COOL

Let cool completely, then serve this delicious dessert.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Cookie dough bars are easy to make ahead of time. After baking, let the delicious chocolate chip cookie bars cool completely before storing them.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Cover baking pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap if you plan on eating these best chocolate chip cookie bars in up to 4 days. If out of baking pan, store in an airtight food storage container in the fridge for up to a week.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the freezer for 6 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To thaw, place on the counter at room temperature for 1-2 hours. To reheat, wrap cookie bar in a damp paper towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO KEEP COOKIE BARS SOFT?

Do not use a cookie jar to store this recipe at room temperature. An airtight container works best to keep these cookies soft and moist.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE OTHER CAKE MIX?

You can, but the end result will be more cake-like than a cookie. Yellow cake mix has essential flavors from the eggs and butter in the batter. This helps the flavor and the texture of the cookie bars.

SHOULD I USE BUTTER OR SHORTENING?

Baking with butter will have crispier edges and a buttery taste, but may not rise as much. Shortening helps cookie bars hold their shape better, but it lacks the buttery flavor of chocolate chip cookies.

WHY ARE MY COOKIE BARS DRY?

Dry cookie bars are likely the result of overbaking. Take out once the edges begin to turn golden brown.

toll house Bars on a plate with stack of chocolate chip cookie bars on the side.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for events with individual snacks, such as bake sales or parties.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split into as many pans as you need.
  • Yellow Cake Mix: Stick to yellow cake mix to make these classic chocolate chip cookie bars. Yellow cake mix has added butter and egg yolks, giving it a rich taste perfect for a pan of cookies.
  • Baking Dish: Add the dough into a 9×13-inch baking dish and cut with a knife for customizable square sizes.

What to Serve with Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars

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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

5 from 10 votes
Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are great for when you need chocolate without the hassle of baking from scratch. With only 4 ingredients, these chewy chocolate chip bars are calling your name.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 12 ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Melt butter and mix with eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir cake mix into batter until well combined.
  • Mix in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon batter into pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool before serving.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for events with individual snacks, such as bake sales or parties.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split into as many pans as you need.
  • Yellow Cake Mix: Stick to yellow cake mix to make these classic chocolate chip cookie bars. Yellow cake mix has added butter and egg yolks, giving it a rich taste perfect for a pan of cookies.
  • Baking Dish: Add the dough into a 9×13-inch baking dish and cut with a knife for customizable square sizes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing chocolate chip cookie bars recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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