Black and White Cookie Bars

These Black and White Cookie Bars start with a cake mix! So easy and yummy!

I’m all about a short cut.

Don’t you love driving with someone and you take a detour and they’re all, “Where are you going?” and you’re all, “oh, it’s just a short cut”.

You get there minutes faster and they think you’re super smart for knowing alternative routes.
I mean, I imagine it would feel really awesome.
Because it generally doesn’t go that way for me.

I suppose I think short cuts are impressive because I spend most of my time in the state of lost confusion.

Blame it on my internal compass or my easy distractability but unless I am headed to the mall or supermarket there is a very strong chance I will make a wrong turn.
I am the woman searching aimlessly for her car in the parking lot.
I am the woman making the illegal U-turn because I missed the entrance.
I like to think that my mind is just so busy thinking up super smart stuff that directions aren’t my first priority, but the reality is that I’m more likely to be singing along with Young MC than pondering life’s difficult questions.
So needless to say when I find short cuts that are spot on I try to brag about them and let everyone know how smart I am to have discovered a new path.
I’m all about the bragging.
Short cuts for me don’t end (or begin) on the open highway.  I take short cuts in the kitchen too…and as on the road, I win some and lose some.
I’m gonna share a winner with ya today.

Using cake mixes to build on in recipes is a favorite of mine.

Not only are cake mixes cheap, but they are a quick way to make special treats.
I’m not a food blogger who looks down on cake mixes, I encourage them actually!
It’s always nice to bake from scratch, but in life’s reality there isn’t always time.
So short cut it up 🙂
 Light and Dark Bars
recipe from my mom’s recipe box..she credited Woman’s Day


1 box white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 stick salted butter (1/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan lightly cooking spray.
Beat cake mix, eggs and oil in a large bowl with mixer until
blended (about 30 seconds on medium)

Press 2/3 of the dough into pan.

Microwave condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter in a bowl on high
for 1 minute.

Stir until smooth. Pour mixture over crust.

Crumble the remaining 1/3 dough over the top of the chocolate

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool and cut into bars.

 So I’m going to start a series, once a month or so, on favorite cake mix recipes.


If you all have some to share let me know, I’d love to feature recipes that are your favorite!



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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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July 5, 2014 2:43 pm

Would yellow cakemix work? I don’t have a white cakemix.

November 29, 2011 4:06 am

You know about the cake mix doctor, right? If not, you have to look her up! She uses cake mixes to make absolutely amazing treats and I have all of her cookbooks. So delicious!

June 6, 2011 6:21 am

These look so delicious!! I am your new follower! I will definitely be trying some of your recipes.. 🙂 Also if you want to check out my blog it is I am new to this, but I am excited to share recipes, crafts, and make-up. If you would want to follow also that would be wonderful!!

May 25, 2011 4:17 pm

I'm all for the short cuts. The bars look great.

May 23, 2011 6:40 pm

I think that's awesome you found a cake recipe your mom. Now – tons of other people can enjoy too. And I can't wait to make this myself!

May 22, 2011 12:58 pm

Short cuts are always a good thing, especially if it means making something this yummy a little easier:)

May 22, 2011 12:12 pm

I just found your blog and I really love it. I am also the mother of four boys – we are a sisterhood! Lisa

May 22, 2011 11:51 am

I rarely even bake cakes from scratch….oops, the secret it out!

Can't forget Gooey Butter Bars…butter, cream cheese, eggs and a cake mix!

May 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Just had a thought, maybe add nuts?

May 21, 2011 7:59 pm

Must try this NOW! 🙂

May 21, 2011 7:19 pm

i love when driving shortcuts work out, but it's always so humiliating when they don't!
love these bars and anything making the trip from ingredients to finished product easier!

May 21, 2011 1:31 pm

I'm with you. Both on getting lost and on the cake mix. Especially the cake mix. Anything that gets cake in my mouth quickly is a winner in my book.

Kara and Glen
May 20, 2011 7:56 pm

I'm excited for some cake mix recipes, because I have a bunch of cake mixes that are expiring soon/have barely expired.

May 20, 2011 3:47 pm

Hi! I have a simple, cake box recipe. Turn your cake mix into cookies! They are delicious and can be topped with a complimenting frosting, i.e. red velvet cake mix and cream cheese frosting! Hope this helps a little! Here is my blog link with the recipe I use!

May 20, 2011 7:10 am

I like to use cake mixes too, especially when i am short on time. That way, i get to spend more time playing around with the decorations….hehe
I haven't attempted making these bars from a cake mix but this idea is brilliant. I am looking forward to more of your "shortcut" recipes 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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