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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9 Responses to “Homemade Gingerbread Caramels”

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    Megan — December 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    How did the parchment lining work out? Did the caramel stick very much? I’m thinking of making another batch of caramels tonight.

  2. #
    blog is the new black — December 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    What a unique idea- love it!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Between you and Megan, I’m craving caramels!

  4. #
    Victoria (The District Chocoholic) — December 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Eek. I love gingerbread-flavored things, and love making caramel. This is genius.

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    Shannon — December 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    aah, you’re doing everything that’s still on my list! marshmallows, caramels… i’ll get to it. someday! these sound amazing 🙂

  6. #
    Mira — December 23, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Yum! I wonder if I could use this recipe in my microwave caramel recipe?

  7. #
    kitchenmisfit — December 23, 2010 at 2:19 am

    One day I will have enough patience to try caramels. One day!

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    vanillasugar — December 28, 2010 at 2:32 am

    oh goodness girl i just made some molasses-peanut chews and they were fabulous.
    but now seeing gingerbread caramel? wow. love this. great idea!

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Mira, I’ve never made microwave caramel, but I’m sure you could add the spices and some molasses to make your recipe taste like gingerbread.

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