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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6 Responses to “Caramel Almond Chocolate Cupcakes”

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    fearlesskitchen — August 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    This is a really interesting recipe. I haven’t seen dulce de leche combined with chocolate very often. I can see where you wanted to have the color contrast with the ganache, but I personally think it looks great as it is.

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    ~ Kristie — August 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    They look amazing! If you don’t want to wait 3 hours for dulce de leche you can use the microwave method found at http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/255/Dulce-de-Leche.

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    Ingrid — August 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not a fan of chocolate but they are a pretty cupcake and I DO like caramel and dulce de leche!
    ~ingrid

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    lifeoftheparty — August 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    That looks decadent! Choc-a-holics rejoice =D

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    nutmegnanny — August 21, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Your cupcakes are some of the cutest I have seen!

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    Julie — August 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Those look mouthwatering good!

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