Gooey Bars (aka Cream Cheese Bars)

I have no idea what these bars should actually be called or where this recipe really came from… It’s likely to have come on the back of a cream cheese box for all I know. (Actually, Google helped me to find this recipe which is the same). This is another recipe that my family loves. My sisters practically know this recipe by heart. Similar to the “best dang thing ever bars”, my sisters also prefer to underbake these bars, hence the name gooey bars. I tend to like my bars fully cooked so they hold their shape better. If you prefer an even gooier texture, take these out of the oven a couple minutes early.

I know some of you will shudder at the thought of using a box cake mix. I agree that in general, I would much rather make a cake/cookie/brownie from scratch. For starters, it’s a lot more fun as a baker to measure everything out and follow a recipe that has more than two steps. Not to mention knowing exactly what is in your food (and being able to pronounce it all!) I do however believe that boxed cake mix has a time and a place. One of those places being in this bar.

These bars taste almost like a cheesecake with a great chewy shortbread crust. Everyone that tried one really enjoyed them and Hubby ate an embarassingly large number of these bars.

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Gooey Bars

Yield: 30

Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1 pound powdered sugar
1 8-oz package cream cheese

Directions:

Mix cake mix, margarine & 1 egg with fork. Press into bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan, set aside.

Beat powdered sugar, cream cheese and 2 eggs for 4 or 5 minutes. Pour over cake mixture.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Recipe from my step mom

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8 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Candy Cane & Mint Kiss Cookies”

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    Nikki57 — December 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I’m sold fuggy chocolately cookies sound amazing

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    Melissa — December 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    They look so cute, I have yet to try the candy cane kisses.

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    Bridget — December 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    How cute! I love those candy cane kisses!

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    Joelen — December 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I love how the red stripes stay pretty in tact after melting! Looks fabulously festive 🙂

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    Jen — December 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Yea, we really like the candy cane kisses. They have little bits of candy cane in them so there’s a tiny bit of crunch.

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    Lori — February 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Jen- they look great! I love your stripes- THey look so pretty!

    I think these were my favorites looking back.

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    Jamie M — December 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    When do you add the vanilla extract? :oP

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out Jamie. I updated the recipe. You add the vanilla after the eggs.

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