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Cake Mix Bar Cookies with Cream Cheese

An easy and delicious recipe using boxed cake mix. The bottom layer is a cake mix cookie bar and the top is a flavored cream cheese mixture. It's so versatile! Switch up the recipe by switching up the jello and cake mix flavors.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cookies, dessert recipe, sheet pan sugar cookie bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Author Kristen


Base cookie bar layer

  • 9 oz package strawberry cake mix or choose any flavor you'd like
  • 3 Tbs butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg

Cream cheese layer

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tbs strawberry jello mix or choose any flavor you'd like to complement the cake mix flavor you chose
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • powdered sugar optional to dust over top


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper with edges overhanging for easy bar removal.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, butter and egg until well blended. Note: It will not be a batter. It will be a crumble. Press crumble mixture into the prepared parchment lined baking dish.
  • In the same mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, strawberry jello mix, powdered sugar and egg. Mix until creamy and no lumps appear. Spread evenly over the bottom layer.
  • Bake at 350° degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes. Remove bars by pulling up the parchment paper with the bars on them, and lay flat on a surface. Cut into small squares and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  • Bars can be made ahead and once cooled, stored in the refrigerator until ready to cut and serve.