This easy recipe for rich chocolate cookie bars requires only 4 ingredients and is so fun to make! Soft and fudgy brownie-like bars stuffed with gooey, caramel-filled Rolos. Serve this quick treat warm with vanilla ice cream.
Today we’re using chocolate cake mix as a short cut for this recipe.
After having these chocolate cookies I decided to turn them into cookie bars and stuff them with Rolos because why not? The result was amazing! These cookie bars are dense and the texture is very similar to fudgy brownies. They’re great plain but with ice cream, oh my gaw… they taste so good.
I love baking from scratch but sometimes I just don’t really have the time for that and honestly some days I just feel lazy. I don’t want to spend two hours in a hot kitchen. Some days I want something that I can whip up quick.
That’s why I love cake mix because you can grab a box, add a few ingredients to it, bake, and walla! You have something that tastes incredible without having to do all of the incredibly hard work. It’s a real time saver.
This whole thing comes together in about 35 minutes- from start to finish.
I love desserts that are super easy to make.
You’re gonna have to get your hands dirty for this recipe, but don’t say “ugh” because this is fun. I felt like I was a kid again playing with play dough. Here’s a rundown of what you have to do-
First, you’re going to make the cookie dough which takes literally less than five minutes. It’s really that simple.
You start off by melting a stick of butter, combining that with one egg, adding the cake mix and mixing it all together until you form a thick and chocolate-y cookie dough.
Then, you’re going to separate the dough into two equal halves. The first half is going to be the bottom layer of these cookie bars. You’re just gonna press it into the baking pan in an even layer.
Next, you’re going to place your Rolos on top of that layer. Just space them out nicely. I put them into rows of four because I used sixteen so if you’re using all twenty rolos you’ll put them into rows of five. I made sure that they weren’t too close to each other or to the edge of the pan because the rolos do melt and burst open so I didn’t want all that caramel goodness to leak out the sides. I used 16 rolos and that was good enough for me. You can add up to 20 if you want your bars really gooey. Just do what you’d like.
I’m not gonna lie it’s going to look like a hot, bumpy mess but it’s going to work. When it comes out of the oven it’s going to be really puffy but just let it cool.
They’ll look cake-y and may seem like nothing special at first but I promise you that once you cut into these bars you’ll see why they’re so amazing. They’re rich and gooey and sinfully delicious. The top layer is so soft, the very bottom has a slight crisp to it just like a chewy cookie and the caramel makes these bars so gooey and delicious.
It’s quite hard to tell when these are done because the outside pretty much looks the same throughout the baking process. What I did was I chipped a little piece off of one of the corners to see what the inside looks like. If it looks extremely moist or “wet” then they definitely need to be baked for longer. The bottom and top layer should be soft but firm to the touch and the very middle slightly under baked and as it cools the center will firm up and become fudgy. My bars were done at 17 minutes.
The bars are best served warm so you don’t have wait until they’re completely cooled to dig in. You wanna have these while those rolos are nice and gooey.
After I put the ice cream on top I wanted to stop taking pictures. I was so tempted to just forget about this whole blogging thing and just go to town. Because the bars were so toasty and warm the ice cream started to melt and seep into the cracks creating this creamy layer right underneath. Ohhhhh my gosh, they’re so good. I almost ate three bars. Yikes, I know. I stopped myself though because summer is coming and I say to myself every summer that I’m going to have a hot summer body and this year I mean it!
If you’re not a big fan of rolos you can always use your favorite candy bar or caramel. You could even use chocolate chips or maybe even peanut butter cups. Get creative!
This is one of the best and easiest treats because you hardly have to do any work and yet the result makes it seem like you made it all from scratch.
This is why you should always keep cake mix around because you never know when you’ll need a last minute treat.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 box (432g/15 oz) chocolate cake mix
- 16 - 20 Rolos
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl combine butter and egg. Add cake mix and mix until dough is formed. Separate dough into 2 equal halves.
Take the first half and press it into the baking pan in an even layer.
Place rolos neatly on top of dough, leaving about 1/2 inch of space from the edge of the pan and in between each rolo. (Do not push rolos into the dough.)
From the second half of dough, take a big chunk and flatten thinly between your palms. Drape it over the rolos. Repeat until all dough is used, covering as much open space as possible.
Bake for 15 - 17 minutes.
Cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
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