Chocolate chip cookies of any sort are always a hit. Of course, not all chocolate chip cookies are equal, as any cookie lover could tell you. This chocolate chip bars recipe is one of the best.
What’s unusual about this recipe is that it uses cake mix. Now, I don’t know about you, but I never would have thought to use cake mix in my cookie recipe, but it is well worth it. The cake mix changes the flavor and texture so that the cookies end up gooey and delicious. The two kinds of chocolate chips and the walnuts help to balance out the sweetness of the recipe as well as adding the wonderful texture of melted chocolate and the crunch of nuts to the bars.
Best of all, these cookies aren’t complicated to make. They’re easy chocolate chip cookies and easy, delicious desserts are by far my favorite! Only three of the six steps are making the dough—the other three are preparing the oven, baking, and serving the bars. From start to finish, you can have warm, gooey chocolate chip bars within an hour.
Served with a glass of milk, these are the perfect dessert for a weeknight, but the recipe could also easily be used for bake sales, parties, and gifts. The good thing about chocolate chip cookies is that they are the quintessential cookie for all occasions and these cookie bars will make every event even better. This is an excellent Christmas cookie recipe. It’s great to make and then leave some out for Santa and, if you happen to sample a few during the process, well, that’s between you and Santa now, isn’t it?
Yield: 18 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and brown sugar.
3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cake mix, butter, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
4. Stir half the chocolate chip mixture into the cake batter. Spread the batter over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chip mixture over the batter.
5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until set.
6. Cool, then cut into bars to serve.
Chocolate Chip Bars