These delicious cream cheese bars with chocolate chips have a delightfully crispy crust with a deliciously gooey, chocolatey cream cheese center.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bar on a wooden board

I love my Snickerdoodle Blondies and my Whole Lemon Bars, but these cream cheese bars hold their own and are every bit worthy of being shared.

These bars are unique in that the crust and crumb topping are both made from a yellow boxed cake mix. The cream cheese and chocolate seal the deal when they come together as a delicious creamy filling that’s near perfection. You should most definitely bake these and give them a try!

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars on a white plate sitting on a wooden board

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These cream cheese bars are perfect for taking along on picnics and potlucks. Wherever you serve them, they quickly reach their popularity and just as quickly disappear.

What’s in these bars?

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Cream cheese
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sugar

Do cream cheese bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes, they do! Cream cheese is perishable and needs to be refrigerated when used in fillings and frostings. So please refrigerate your bars.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bar on a wooden board

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How should I store cream cheese bars?

Once the bars have cooled, you can cut them and store them in:

  • Store in the pan wrapped tightly in saran wrap
  • Remove individual squares and store in a glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid
  • Keep in refrigerator for up to one week
  • These also freeze well

Helpful tips when making these bars

  • Use mini chocolate chips (they seem to melt a little better during the baking process.
  • Make sure cream cheese is softened. If you need to speed up this process, you can submerge the entire foil package in hot tap water for five minutes.
  • Bring eggs to room temperature
  • Bars will cut easier and more cleanly if they are cut them after they have cooled.
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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bar on a wooden board

Cream Cheese Bars with Chocolate Chips

Serving Up Southern


  • 1 18 oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use mini chocolate chips.)
  • 1/3 cup sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Mix the cake mix, beaten egg, and vegetable oil until crumbly. Reserve one cup for topping.
  • Pat remaining crumbs into a greased 8×8, or 9×9 inch pan and bake for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Beat the cream cheese, egg, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and spread over the baked crust.
  • Sprinkle with reserved crumbs and bake 15 minutes longer.

Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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  1. will be making these today. thank you for the recipe!

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