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


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


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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10 Responses to “Homemade OREOS!”

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    Erin — April 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time! They look delicious!

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    Angie — April 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, thank you for posting these… I know I could have just googled it but I was planning on looking up the recipe today because I think I’m gonna try them this weekend for lunch snacks next week!

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    Mrs D — April 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    They look so yummy!

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    Joelen — April 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    This looks great and it’s a recipe I have yet to try!

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    Kerstin — April 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Those are the perfect dunkable treats! They are so cute and look yummy too!

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    Suzy — April 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Great job on the oreos…They look delish, I’ll have to try them. Deb and hubby are enroute to Pioneer Woman’s ranch, if you didn’t already know. Keep up with her antics over the weekend!

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    Netts Nook — April 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Home made OREO’S I am impressed. They look perfect.

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    Memoria — April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I made these a few days ago, too! I made Oreo cupcakes with them the next day. They were very yummy and quick to make!

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    Micco — December 5, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I’m going to take the vegan approach to your recipe tonight, but I noticed you don’t have round cookie cutters. If you’re ever in need of an impromptu cutter (e.g. for biscuits), any round, empty shape will work. In fact, the other day, I made window cookies using a mug and a pill cap. No one was the wiser.

    Excited to try the recipe – especially since I don’t have to cut anything. Thanks!

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    themilkmanswife — January 21, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for sharing these with me! I’ll have to give this filling a whirl for my Oreo loving husband! 🙂

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