Cake Mix Bars

I ran across a recipe and had to try it.  You know the kinds.  They sound too good to be true.

So the recipe was this….

1 yellow cake mix (don’t follow the directions on the back)
2 eggs
1 softened stick of butter
1 bag of chocolate chips

Mix it together-put in a greased pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.  The recipe didn’t specify the size of pan.

Hmm.  Was it worth trying?  I was a sucker and did.

Being the recipe didn’t have a pan size…well it actually said “in whatever sized pan you want”.  Hmm.  I don’t think the author thought that pan size really does make a difference in cooking time.  If it’s in a smaller pan the dough will be thicker which increases cooking time.  Hmm..  I ended up putting in my cast iron skillet.  I ended up baking it for 30 minutes.  25 wasn’t enough time.

Here’s how it looked.Awesome I thought….

But then it was time for a taste test….

Hubby loved it.  He ate about three pieces right away.  Me, not so much loving on my part.  Do you know how a cake mix tastes like cake mix.  Well I don’t love that taste.  These taste like cake mix to me.

I know you’re likely thinking…duh.  You made it out of cake mix.  You’d be right.  I should have realized that they would taste like cake mix.

So would I make them again…YES!  I love having treats in the house that are quick to make and that I don’t like.  I don’t eat them then!!  Hubby really does love it too.  So if you have someone in your house that likes the taste of cake mix, they will likely like these.

So how’s that for a recipe.  (sounds pretty confusing to me!)  By the way.  The original author called these Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I have no idea where that name came from….It’s definitely NOT a cookie.  It’s a bar.  (yep…more confusing)

STOP***  I wrote this blog post after I had tasted these warm.  They are MUCH better once cooled and most of the cake mix flavor leaves…the are much better cooled so I take it all back.  I like these***

If you try them…tell me what you think!!

6 thoughts on “Cake Mix Bars”

  1. Bet if you baked them in a jelly roll pan, they would be very cookie-like! I’m with you-love quick and easy!

  2. I think yellow cake mixes have a distinctive taste. I prefer to use a white cake mix and use whole eggs.

    I agree about using a jelly roll pan.

  3. I bet if you add a teaspoon of real vanilla it will improve the taste quite a bit. My mother always did that to a cake mix.

  4. This recipe has been around for 40 years. It is a cookie recipe. You are supposed to drop teaspoon or tablespoons (what ever size of cookie you want) of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375′ for 8-10 minutes. Your recipe left out the dash of salt and the eggs are to beaten first. Stir by hand. I add some brown sugar & some vanilla for chocolate chip cookies. Try different flavors of cake mix – chocolate cake mix w/peanut butter chips is good, yellow, white or vanilla cake mix with butterscotch chips, etc.

  5. This is similar to a Chewy Bar recipe from a Jiffy Yellow Cake mix. Mix the Jiffy cake mix, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp softened butter, 1 Tbsp corn syrup, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp flour. Put in 8″ greased pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. These are pretty good! Next time I make them, I’m going to add some vanilla extract, too. (If you are using a regular-sized cake mix, you’ll need to double all the other ingredients.)

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