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Cake Mix Cookie Bars (That Actually Taste Like Cookies!)

There's no bad time for a chocolate chip cookie. A hearty bowl of oatmeal, mug of coffee, and a side of chocolate chip cookies? What a great way to start the day!

Unfortunately, chocolate chip cookies are time consuming and kind of a pain to make, especially when you just want to eat the cookies right this instant. So, you try to save time and effort by baking a batch of cookie bars, but they often end up tasting more like cake or brownies. Cookie bars don't really taste like cookies, do they?

Until now!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
Quick & Easy (I Promise!)
  • 1 15.25 oz Box White Cake Mix (I usually use Pillsbury Funfetti - a relief after you saw that neon photo above, right?)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 C Milk (I've made these with everything from skim to whole - use whichever you have on hand.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract (optional)
  • 1 C Chocolate Chips
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a rimmed 9"x13" baking sheet or pan. If your pan isn't these exact dimensions, the recipe will still work, just your cookies will be slightly thinner or thicker - remember to adjust the baking time accordingly.

By hand, mix all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips until just combined. I've made this recipe many times and have found that it's best to work out any lumps in the cake mix before adding the other ingredients and that a stiff spatula works better than anything else for stirring.

Now, gently fold in the chocolate chips. Press the "cookie dough" into a greased 9x13 pan, spreading out the mixture evenly, which will result in a fairly thin layer. A spatula or the back of a spoon works well for this. Bake on the center rack for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.

Note: Not overly mixing is the secret to making these taste like actual cookies. If you mix this to the consistency of cake batter, you're going to end up with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Not that cake is bad, but you're going for cookies! 


The perfect Nascar-watching snack? Let's see if they pass the Sexy Nerd approval test:

Cautiously taking a bite and wondering why the cookies are speckled with neon green. Sexy Nerd hopes it's just Funfetti cake mix, not Crayola. 

So far so good?

The cookie bars are a success!

More Sexy Nerd mind reading: I agreed to be in your silly cookie bars post for one photo. Now get out of here!

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