Chocolate Walnut Bars

Recently, we were invited to go to a dinner event for an organization we're considering joining. Minutes before I headed out the door to get Trevor from school on the afternoon of the dinner, I found out that only the entree would be catered and the rest would be potluck. (We'd thought the whole thing was catered.)  While I can't imagine anyone would have turned us away for not bringing a potluck contribution, I absolutely did not want to show up empty-handed.

I dug through the pantry for something I could make in a very short amount of time, with no grocery store visit needed.  The previous time I needed a last-minute potluck item, I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and they were a hit.  While I did have a yellow cake mix on hand, I wondered how the recipe would work if I substituted a chocolate cake mix.

As I mixed up the batter, it didn't seem quite right, as it was extremely thick and stretchy.  I added an extra 1/4 cup of water and that made a big difference.  I put the batter into the pan and crossed my fingers.  

Fortunately, it came out of the oven looking and smelling delicious.  I sprinkled chocolate chips all over the top of the hot cookies, then used a knife to spread the melted chocolate like frosting.  I sprinkled chopped walnuts over the top.

When the chocolate had set, I cut the cookies into bars.


So how'd they taste?  Really good!  They had a nice chocolate flavor and a good texture.  If I ever find myself needing another last-minute potluck item and I have chocolate cake mix on hand, I'd definitely make these again.

Chocolate Walnut Bars

                       1 chocolate cake mix             1/2 c. water
                       2 eggs                                   1 package chocolate chips, divided
                       1/4 c. brown sugar                1/2 c. chopped walnuts
                       1/4 c. melted butter

Combine cake mix, eggs, brown sugar, butter and water.  Mix at medium speed for 2 minutes.  Batter will be thick.  Stir in half of the chocolate chips.  Spread batter in a greased 9x13" pan.  Bake for 20 minutes at 375°.  Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.  Return to oven for 2 minutes to melt chocolate.  Remove from oven and use a knife to spread the melted chocolate evenly.  Sprinkle with walnuts.  Cool completely and cut into squares.


  1. Oooooh...this looks totally yummy!

  2. These sound absolutely delicious, Cindy! I always love visiting your blog - I can find just about anything new to learn here! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe with us!

  3. YUM!!! I will be printing this off to try very soon! :) Thanks so much!

  4. YUM! I love making recipes based off a box of cake mix! I have a delicious lemon or strawberry cookie recipe I make that way.... I'll have to make some and share the recipe.... right after I try these! :)


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