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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

Lower in fat and calories than you might ever guess, these sweet bars couldn't be easier to whip up, boast a great chocolaty flavor, and make a fun, quick dessert to bring to parties or serve to company! —Jennifer Rafferty, Milford, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, oil and egg; mix until blended. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved topping.
  • Bake until set, 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 187 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.
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  • dschultz01
    Dec 30, 2019

    Made these for a Xmas family gathering. They were just ok. Nothing special. You have to spread the cake mix very thin to get it to cover the bottom of the pan.

  • kygranny65
    Oct 3, 2019

    Great dessert!

  • Tammy
    Mar 3, 2018

    A

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Dec 10, 2016

    I made this in an 8x8 pan and it was amazing! I think this made the crust easier to work with (I mixed oil and egg first, and it did seem dry, but easily made a crust when pressed together). I made this to use up a German chocolate cake mix, and now I might keep one on hand just for this recipe.

  • ibaward
    Nov 22, 2016

    I was so disappointed with these bars. I wouldn't even call them bars. They are very crumbly cookie-like bites. The cup of crumbs you sprinkle on top don't melt, the mini chips don't completely melt, they crumble when cut, and there isn't enough cream cheese to really taste. I sure won't make these again.

  • sstetzel
    Oct 25, 2016

    Sfcollins step one says to combine the cake mix with other ingredients and to reserve a cup. Step two directs you to sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the filling.Hope that helps.

  • Sfcollins
    Oct 24, 2016

    I must be misinterpreting the recipe. There seems to be information omitted. Recipe is not clear as to what to do with the cake mix and how the crumbles are made. It is very confusing.

  • Laura
    Oct 22, 2016

    Quick prep, easy to make. Everyone loved the taste. thanks

  • luigimon
    Mar 22, 2014

    Wonderful! I used regular cream cheese, rather than the low fat. I rarely cook or bake with anything low fat, as my husband and I are not overweight, and we rarely eat out or eat fast food. These bars are great and I will make them again!!!

  • CGW303
    Aug 26, 2013

    Made this yesterday. Very good; rich. I used a 9x9 pan and it was perfect! I do plan on saving this recipe and making it again.