Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

I was thrilled when Kettle Brand Chips and BlogHer asked me to participate in the “Perfect Picnic Pairing” campaign. I love packing up a picnic tote  and carting my kids off to the park to enjoy it in the company of friends. Today, as part of this campaign I have a wonderful cookie bar recipe perfect for picnicking. It goes well with Kettle Brand Chips, it goes well with a good PBandJ, it goes well with a friend or two to visit. My kids and I also put together a video for your viewing pleasure. If you decide to give away 2 1/2 short minutes of your life to watch this crazy video…I can promise you will come away either chuckling to yourself, or scratching your head wondering how I got MyTeenSonMark to participate. Maybe both. 🙂

Do you feel like rushing out to buy some Kettle Brand Chips after watching that little show? I hope so, they really are fantastic. Here are a few things I have learned about Kettle Brand Chips. 30 years ago, Kettle Brand Chips pioneered the kettle cooking style. They developed the method and continue on today cooking real, unpeeled potatoes in small batches in an effort to gain superior taste and a heavenly crunch. Which they really do have! I love the crunchiness of the Krinkle Cut  Chips especially. I’m a girl who likes a bit of crunch in her life and Kettle Brand Chips are just the ticket.  Kettle Brand also cooks their chips with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, using no trans fats, MSG or artificial colors and flavors. I like that in a chip! Kettle Brand Chips would make a wonderful addition to any summer time gathering you have planned. Picnic in the Park, Pot Luck of Wonder, Sit At The Beach and Tan…whatever you have planned. Grab some of these great chips, won’t you?

And some cookies… IMG_3982_edited-1

These Cookie Bars are super soft, moist and slightly fluffy. The prep time is very minimal (thanks to the cake mix!) and they are wonderful eaten warm from the oven. Let me show you how easy they are to put together!


Time: 5 minutes prep + 35 minutes baking
Yield: 25 bars
Recipe adapted from Epicurious

1 yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1/4 C oil
3/4 C water
2 eggs
1 1/2 C milk (or semi sweet) chocolate chips


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grab a yellow cake mix and one small box of instant vanilla pudding. Toss them both into your stand mixer, or medium-sized mixing bowl.


3. Add 1/4 C oil… IMG_3921_edited-1

and 3/4 cup water.


4. Add 2 eggs…

and mix it all up until well combined and beautiful.


5. Add 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips and mix just until combined.


6. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour the dough into it. It will be kind of thick.

Just spread it out with a knife.

7. Pop it in the oven and bake the beauty for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.



8. Allow the bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then slice them into bars, and enjoy!


I like to make them in a pan that has a handy lid. That way, I can cart them off easily to a picnic at the park.

When my kids and I are planning to romp around at the park with friends, I generally just throw a few things into a tote for lunch. Usually some sliced fruit and veggies that I store in little plastic bags.


I like to make a good PBandJ on homemade Whole Wheat Bread with homemade jam. Love it. I truly do.


I slice each sandwich into quarters


and then pack them in a plastic container…

with a lid. That way no one starts to cry and whine  about smashed sandwiches. PBandJ’s are not as good if they’ve been smashed, would you agree? I bet you would.


Then I toss it all in a tote,


grab some Kettle Brand chips and we are ready to go. I like the Krinkle Cut best. Classic Barbeque Kettle Brand Chips are my all time favorite, and would have been shown in this picture, if they hadn’t been consumed previously!

IMG_3951_edited-1 Don’t forget the cookie bars!

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  1. 1
    Valeen N
    July 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I always have potato salad, yum!!

  2. 2
    s riches
    July 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I like to take shrimp salad, broccoli and dip on a picnic.

  3. 3
    tina reynolds
    July 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I would have sandwiches, hummus, fresh fruit especially pinapple its my familys favorite and sweet tea./water

  4. 4
    tina reynolds
    July 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  5. 5
    Holly Wert
    July 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    i include cookies and fresh fruit in my picnics

  6. 6
    Lorena Keech
    July 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Fried chicken and my mom’s potato salad.

  7. 7
    Erica C.
    July 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Gotta have fresh fruit!

    • 8
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  8. 9
    Lisa Garner
    July 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    We always have sandwiches, fresh fruit, corn on the cob and chips in our picnic basket.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  9. 10
    Lisa Garner
    July 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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  10. 11
    July 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I always pack hummus and chips, coconut water, and grapes in my picnic basket! Yummy & Healthy! 🙂

  11. 12
    July 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I always have potato salad!

  12. 13
    Debbie B
    July 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

    chicken salad sandwiches & chips

  13. 14
    Debbie B
    July 3, 2013 at 5:47 am

  14. 15
    July 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I always make hummus for our picnics. It tastes great and it good for you too. I make a basic recipe then add jalapenos and roasted pasilla and bell peppers. Yum!

  15. 16
    July 3, 2013 at 7:47 am

  16. 17
    July 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    a big sub on crusty french bread with tons of veggie cold cuts and cheese and pesto!

  17. 18
    July 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

  18. 19
    brenda robinson
    July 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

    iced tea, a summer fave

  19. 20
    brenda robinson
    July 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

  20. 21
    Stephanie G
    July 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Sandwiches, fruit, a salad of some kind, dessert, drinks, a blanket and napkins.

  21. 22
    Stephanie G
    July 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

  22. 23
    Shea Balentine
    July 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    We love kettle chips and hubby would make sure it was one of the first things put in the basket! Along with some bottled water and apples!

  23. 24
    Nick A.
    July 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I always include kettle potato chips in my picnic basket, so delicious!

  24. 25
    Thomas Murphy
    July 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I have sandwiches, chips, cookies, and drinks in my picnic basket.

  25. 26
    Thomas Murphy
    July 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

  26. 27
    Christian Alejandro
    July 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Everything I need for sandwiches and chips, fresh fruit, cold drinks, and chicken salad!

  27. 28
    Christian Alejandro
    July 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

  28. 29
    Betty C
    July 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hoagies, potato salad, chips and fruit or cookies, or maybe both.

  29. 30
    Betty C
    July 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

  30. 31
    Tabathia B
    July 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    seedless grapes and danimals yogurt drink
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  31. 32
    Tabathia B
    July 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

  32. 33
    Amanda Sakovitz
    July 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Turkey sandwiches and chips!

  33. 34
    Amanda Sakovitz
    July 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  34. 35
    Crystal F
    July 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    That bag is also our basket for the weekends. We usually pack pb wraps, chips, muffins and drinks. Thank you!

  35. 36
    July 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Peanut Butter sandwiches are packed in our picnic basket.

  36. 37
    Maggie M
    July 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My family is all about sandwiches so that’s usually what goes in our picnic basket. Fruit juice and plenty of water too. Those cake mix cookie bars look sooo good!

  37. 38
    July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Fresh summer fruit salad!

  38. 39
    July 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I like to add shrimp cocktail, crusty french bread, brie and grapes or watermelon

  39. 40
    cc april
    July 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    One of my family’s favorite foods inside my picnic basket is Chicken and Slaw wraps! They are so easy to make epecially if you use rotisserie chickens. Mix the chicken with some coleslaw, ranch dressing and sweet pickle relish, place on a wrap and roll it. your family will love it!

  40. 41
    susan smoaks
    July 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    i like to have a bottle of wine and some fresh fruit in my picnic basket

  41. 42
    July 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I always include iced tea in my picnic basket.

  42. 43
    July 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    turkey sandwich, chips/dip and some fresh fruit

  43. 44
    July 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  44. 45
    July 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    My perfect picnic basket would include fried chicken, potato salad and fruit salad.

  45. 46
    margo mckeon
    July 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    cold cuts ,cheese,bread and chips and dip

  46. 47
    K Anne
    July 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Cheese, grapes, strawberries, crackers & champagne

  47. 48
    Sara Floyd
    July 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I always have fruit and pasta salad

  48. 49
    Sara Floyd
    July 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  49. 50
    August 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    can the cookie bars be made in 11x 15 pan? thanks

    • 51
      August 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I haven’t ever tried making them in a 11×15 pan. My thoughts are they would the batter would be too thin and might burn easily. Good luck!

  50. 52
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