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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a perfect solution for those moments when you’re craving something sweet but don’t have the time or energy for a complicated baking session. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can whip up a batch of delicious cookie bars that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the stick of butter until it’s fully liquefied.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and eggs until well combined.
  4. Gradually stir in the yellow cake mix until a thick batter forms.
  5. Once the cake mix is fully incorporated, gently fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Transfer the batter into the greased baking pan and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
  7. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes for a 9×13 inch pan, or 25-28 minutes for smaller pans, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookie bars to cool before slicing and serving.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use a different flavor of cake mix?
    • Yes, feel free to experiment with different cake mix flavors to customize the taste of your cookie bars.
  2. Can I use margarine instead of butter?
    • While margarine can be substituted for butter, it may affect the flavor and texture of the cookie bars slightly.
  3. Can I add nuts or other mix-ins to the batter?
    • Absolutely! Chopped nuts, dried fruit, or shredded coconut can all be added to the batter for extra flavor and texture.
  4. How should I store the leftover cookie bars?
    • Store any leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to several days, or freeze them for longer storage.
  5. Can I use a different type of chocolate chips?
    • Yes, you can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate chips if you prefer.
  6. Can I make these cookie bars ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Just be sure to let it come to room temperature before baking.
  7. Can I use a different size baking pan?
    • Yes, you can use a different size pan, but be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly to ensure the bars cook evenly.
  8. Can I use a gluten-free cake mix for this recipe?
    • Yes, you can use a gluten-free cake mix if you have dietary restrictions. Just make sure to check the label for any allergens or additives.

Tips:

  1. Be careful not to overmix the batter, as this can result in tough cookie bars.
  2. For an extra indulgent treat, drizzle melted chocolate or caramel sauce over the cooled cookie bars before serving.
  3. If you prefer softer cookie bars, slightly underbake them and allow them to cool completely in the pan before slicing.
  4. Feel free to get creative with your toppings! Sprinkle some sea salt on top of the bars before baking for a sweet and salty twist.

With these Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, you can satisfy your cravings for homemade treats without spending hours in the kitchen. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of these easy-to-make treats!

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