Monday, November 12, 2012

Lazy Cookie Bars

I've got another fun recipe to share today.  I have lots of little recipes like this tucked away in my recipe binder.  Many of them I know by heart because I use them so often.  I just love quick dessert recipes - mainly because dessert is my favorite part of any meal.  And after making supper and washing dishes I don't always want to be messing with a long, drawn-out dessert.

Enter the Lazy Cookie Bar.  Made with my favorite pantry item - the boxed cake mix.  So versatile, so easy and so yummy.  Only 4 ingredients and you probably have them all at home already.  It's not a really thick bar. It's more like a sheet pan cookie.  It's gooey and I love the edges - those are my favorite.  Feel free to mix this up by adding nuts or different types of chocolate chips.
Ingredients:
1 (15 oz.) box yellow cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
I love to use the kind that has flour in it.
Melt butter.
 I just put the unwrapped butter in a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it for a few seconds.
And be sure to beat your eggs.   Just crack eggs into a small bowl and whisk briskly using a whisk or a long-tined fork.  To save on dirty dishes, I'll pour the melted butter in with the dry cake mix in my mixing bowl, then use that same butter bowl to beat the eggs in. 
Now, combine dry cake mix with melted butter and beaten eggs.
This is easier if you have an electric or stand mixer because batter will be very thick.
Stir in bag of chocolate chips.  
Spread batter into greased baking dish.
What I like to do is spray my hand with some nonstick cooking spray and then spread the 
batter around using my hand since the batter is very thick.
 Once it is evenly spread out, put in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
It will puff up as it is cooking and be golden brown around the edges when it is done.
And like any good chocolate chip cookie, I like to eat these warm so you can usually find me 
sneaking some bites from this pan before it's cool!  This makes a great base for some ice cream too.
Here's a closeup for all you cookie lovers.
Cook's Notes: The great thing about this recipe is all the variations you can make.
Feel free to use different types of chips or add in nuts. I really love when the holiday baking chips come out.  You can really have fun with this recipe and no one will know just how easy it was to make but you!

Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here

43 comments :

Rustown Mom said...

Thanks for this recipe! People here are little fond of desserts and this is an easy one I can count on them enjoying!

The Better Baker said...

MY kind of recipe for sure! I've made the mix, but never in a pan like this. What an awesome idea!

Anonymous said...

They are in the oven as I write...........yummy!

Anonymous said...

Making them right now.....and they smell heavenly!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Those look terrific! Cannot wait to bake them up. Come and visit us this week. We have an awesome $75 swank bag from Pick Your Plum.

Pattie said...

Looks fabulous! Just curious: have you tried it with different flavors of cakemix? I'm tempted to try a Spice Cake and add some pecans. Mmmm...

Shiloh Barkley said...

purty purty blog and photos!
Shiloh @ Shiloh's Taste

Stephanie M said...

This is I my oven right now! It's going to be a great dessert after I cooked your Baked Penne and Cheesy Garlic Bread! Thank you so much for all the yumminess! =D

Suzan said...

Just pinned this recipe. Nothing I like better than a quick way to enjoy chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I used 1 cup of butterscotch chips and 1 cup of white chocolate and they were delicious! I want to try them with peanut butter chips, and with spice cake and pecans as well. I Love this recipe and my boys gobble them down! Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

I actually spread my regular chocolate chip cook dough recipe in a greased 9x13 pan and bake them. My mother did it in the 70's when we were kids in the summer to keep from heating up the kitchen! They are great and everyone loves them that way!

Linda White

Anonymous said...

I made your baked ziti tonight and also made these for dessert. Both were absolutely delicious! I used the holiday chocolate chips. It turned out so pretty! Thank you very much for sharing your great recipes and helping me cook for my husband and two boys!

-Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Another great ingrediant is Cinnamon Chips

Anonymous said...

Wow! Talk about fast and easy.. These look delicious. Will be trying these soon...

Anonymous said...

Tried the Easy Apple Danish and the Mini Chicken Pot Pies this weekend! Easy and delicious!!! ready to try so many other recipes on the page, thanks!

Anonymous said...

These are baking in the oven as I type. Your Italian beef recipe is simmering in my crock pot. I love love love your recipes! Thanks for sharing.

The Country Cook said...

Oh goodness - I missed responding to some comments on here! SO very sorry! I want to thank y'all for taking the time to leave such sweet comments! I just love knowing that you love these recipes shared on here. I can't tell you how much it makes my day to hear that!! ~Brandie

COOKIE MONSTER said...

OH MY GOSH! I CAN'T WAIT 2 TRY THESE! I'M THE COOKIE MONSTER YA KNOW! ;) MY MOUTH IS WATERING RIGHT NOW :P

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I've made the Easy Cheese Danishes, Easy Apple Danish, and now the Lazy Cookie Bars. They turned out exactly like the pictures and taste so great. I want to try some of your savory recipes, but I will probably try a few more desserts first!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your fabulous site!! You and your recipes are amazing! The lazy bars are so much fun and easy to make. I usually make them just like the recipe, but the last time I only had half a bag of dark chocolate chips, So I used about 6oz of dark choc chips and half cup of chopped walnuts and holy macaroni i got rave reviews from all the crew at red lobster... they said i need to make them all the time!!!
thanks so much for your incredible site!!
Mary

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Ease + Delicious = Winning Recipe!! Thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

These are pretty much my "go to" dessert when nothing else is requested.. I've tried different combinations, like Devils Food Cake with White Choc chips, and most recently, Duncan Hines Spice Cake with Cinnamon Chips.. mmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm mmmmmm MMMMMMM!!!
THANKS SO MUCH!!

Emily said...

I balked at the idea of using a boxed cake mix for chocolate chip cookies - but holy shmoly these are FAST and GOOD!
I used a sugarfree yellow cake mix already in my pantry, mixed and baked according to your directions, and these cookie bars are soft and chewy and delish! My littles (2 years old and 5 years old) barely had time to "help" before these were in the oven. A one-bowl one-spoon cleanup? Awesome!
My favorite scent on the planet is yellow cake mix baking in the oven. Second only to fresh purple lilacs. The SMELL of these baking in the oven is enough to drive you wild! Thanks for this recipe. I'll be baking this one over and over. What a quick and simple way to cut down on my family's sugar intake, while still having the desserts we crave.

st3phsm0m said...

I've been making something similar for years (my recipe adds brown sugar) and we REALLY like to use cut up candy bars in them :) I made them last night with snickers! We've used butterfingers, heath bars, reeses pieces, the "new" mini peanut butter cups that are unwrapped. The possibilities are endless really. I just found your blog today through pintrest and can't wait to check out your other recipes :)

MissBarb said...

I saved this recipe a few weeks ago and finally made it this evening. Like some others, I also was a little unsure about the cake mix, but hey, I'm adventurous... sort of. So anyway... oh ... my ... goodness. So yummy! Mine came out thicker than what yours look to be, but that just meant we ate em with a fork instead of our fingers! I just love your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Can you make these in an 8x8 pan and have them a little thicker? How about baking time? Maybe even in a brownie sized pan? Just the hubby and I.

gmacarol said...

This is so easy. I make chocolate chips cookies all the time for my great grandkids and this is going to make my life much easier. Thanks

Anonymous said...

this looks like homemade pop tarts... makes me wonder what the bars would be like if you substituted 2 cups of fruit... might give that a try!

Anonymous said...

awesome recipes...I love your site! These were so easy and delicious! I am thinking of trying red velvet cake mix with white chocolate chips! what do you think? Thank you!

debcom said...

Are these soft cookie bars or is the bottom crisp?

Anonymous said...

These turned out great! I was looking for something super quick to make so that my husband could take them to a meeting at church. Much faster than making individual cookies and very delicious. I made the chocolate chip and used a golden vanilla cake mix but will try many other combos. Thanks!

Hope Beau said...

I was in a jam to make a dessert at the last minute. Glad that I found this recipe. I have everything I need for it and no more pressure! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm just baking my first batch, I put in milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and some Heath bar bits. My son asked me to make something for a Christmas Party he is going to, so I'm trying your recipe. This is so much easier than making cookie dough - I'm sure it is going to be delicious.

Anonymous said...

I've made these bars several times since finding the recipe on your site. I have also used it as a cookie cake and decorated with frosting and sprinkles! Thanks for all of your great recipes.

Pam said...

These are wonderful!! I just made them today for my sons 24th birthday. He will have his birthday cake at our family gathering. I wanted to make him something special for his actual birthday. You would never know that there was a cake mix used. I added M&Ms!!They are delicious!!

I love your recipes and follow you on Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. I know that your recipes and sweet words come from the heart!!

RyeRye said...

Took them out of the oven a bit ago and OMG these are sooooo good! I can't wait to try some other cake mixes with this method.

Thank you so much for this and all the other wonderful recipes that you post!

Monika said...

just finished making these....LOVED them!! thanks so much for the recipe!

Ralph R. said...

Thank you so much for all the great recipes. I made this tonight, with German Chocolate mix and icing. Super good, lasted about 45mins and they were gone. Have made the Coca Cola Cake really good. The layout for the recipes are great.The pics are really helpful. Thanks for all your hard work.

Anonymous said...

Can you use other flavored cake mixes?

Betty Bernard said...

I made the Cake cookie recipe, my hubby loved it, only have 3 left, so will make this often. Thanks !

Anonymous said...

Love... Love... Love this recipe!
Thanks!

Lori said...

Thank you soooo much!! I made these for a church picnic.
I put round sprinkles on top and they looked so cute and tasted
even better! So easy...can't wait to try different variations.
Gotta go check out your other recipes now. Thanks again!

Lori from Pittsburgh, PA

Stephanie P. said...

These are great! This time I used a triple chocolate fudge cake mix and nestle chocolate chunks. If you love chocolate, it's the way to go.