Chocolate Cake Mix Milky Way Cookie Bars

Chocolate Cake Mix Milky Way Cookie Bars – These cookie bars are a super fun and easy to make treat using cake mix! Decadent chocolate cake mix comes together with a simple cheesecake swirl and milky way candy bars to create a cookie bar that’s completely irresistible!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars made with Milky Way candy bars and a creamy cheesecake filling.

Hi, everyone! Nichole here again from The Salty Marshmallow to share one of my all time favorite baking “hacks!”

I absolutely love to bake. It’s kind of a hobby I picked up as an adult, or should I say, something I didn’t have the patience for until I was an adult! Even though now I enjoy spending the time making dough from scratch, I don’t always actually have the time to do that!

That’s where cake mix comes in handy every single time. It is super easy to take a simple box of cake mix and transform it into something that tastes like you spent hours working on it. Everything from Cake Mix Cookies to Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars can be whipped up in a snap with a few simple ingredients.

Chocolate Milky Way Cookie Bars - A simple, easy and delicious dessert recipe!

Today, I wanted to step it up a bit. Still keep it easy, but make something that I know my kids, their friends, or any company that we have over during the upcoming holiday season will be really excited to sink their teeth into!

I mean, who wouldn’t be thrilled to get a big bite of a super soft cookie bar? Especially when it’s chocolate, full of cheesecake swirl, and gooey melted milky way bars! These treats go quick in my house. I took them to a family gathering recently, and they were actually gone before anyone even had dinner!

Cake Mix Milky Way Cookie Bars with Cheesecake Filling - a yummy dessert that everyone will love!


  • Do allow these bars to cool completely before you remove them from the pan. If not, they may be a little gooey in the center.
  • Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little messy! This dough will be very thick, the easiest and fastest way to spread it out in the pan is to use your hands.
  • Definitely plan to top these bars with extra Milky Way! I use two large candy bars to top before baking, then two more to top after they come out of the oven and are cool. They look so much prettier this way!

Milky Way Cookie Bars - Simple, easy recipe and a delicious dessert.

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cake mix milky way cookie bars

Cake Mix Milky Way Cookie Bars

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 bars



  • 1 15.25 Ounce box chocolate cake mix
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 Milky Way bars chopped and divided


  • 5 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract divided


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and almond extract, mix until well combined.
  • In a large bowl stir together the cake mix with the butter, eggs, and almond extract until well combined.
  • Pour the cake mix batter into the prepared pan. Spon filling by tablespoons onto batter, swirl through the batter with a knife.
  • Top batter with half of the chopped Milky Way bars.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.
  • Allow bars to cool completely, and top with remaining chopped Milky Way bars before serving.

 For another favorite cake mix treat, we love these Red Velvet Cake Mix Bars!
A stack of red velvet bars

And for more easy dessert recipes, try these:

Cake Mix Milky Way Cookie Bars: A simple recipe for cookie bars using chocolate cake mix - the perfect recipe for easy baking.



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