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Saturday, August 10, 2013

FOOD-Cake Box Cookie Bars

I made these bars because they looked delicious and extremely easy! It took about 2 minutes to mix all the ingredients together and throw it in the oven! Here is the recipe from


1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips 


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. (The batter will be rather thick)
3)Pour into greased 10x13 baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes. The batter should still be shaky and might appear not completely cooked, but this recipe yields a gooey cookie bar. If you prefer a more firm cookie, cook 10 minutes more.

I made 2 mistakes making these.

I mixed the chocolate chips/M&M's into the batter and they sunk to the bottom. Next time I will sprinkle them on top.

 I also accidentally got the pudding that you you are supposed to cook instead of the instant. I think it made the bars fluffier and not as gooey as they are supposed to be. 

I used M&M's but couldn't find any mini ones so I cut the regular ones in half. I probably would put them in whole next time.

It came out puffed up like a cake, but after taking it out it settled and they turned out really good! They didn't turn out exactly as the original pictures showed, but they were delicious!


Attempt #2 went much better than the first! They are so delicious! This time I used the instant pudding but I only had cheesecake flavor instead of vanilla. That made them even better I think! I used chocolate chips and a few sixlets I had leftover from Easter candy. The sixlets kind of disappeared into the bars.  I brought them to a potluck and they went fast! Here are some pictures from my attempt #2

UPDATE #2- I tried this with a "Fun-fetti" cake mix and it turned out really great! I didn't have to add anything because there were speckles of confetti already in it! 

My next goal is to try substituting something healthier for the vegetable oil! Stay tuned!

UPDATE: In the above "confetti" pictures, I only had 1 egg, so I substituted applesauce for the other egg and part of the oil. It worked well and made them very moist (maybe a little too moist). If I would have cooked it a little bit longer they would have been perfect I think.

If you try this, please leave a comment about how it turned out! 


  1. yum! I tried this with red velvet cake and chocolate pudding, so yummy!

    1. Wow!!! That is a great idea! I never thought of using chocolate!!! Thanks for the comment!