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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7 Responses to “S’mores Fudge Bars”

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    Shannon — March 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

    oh wow- this looks absolutely incredible! I have yet to make homemade marshamallow… it’s been on my list. love the idea of a girls night slumber party though, grown up style 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 18th, 2014 @ 8:06 am

      Homemade marshmallow is SO GOOD. You need to make some for sure!

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    Michelle — March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This sounds amazing, maybe I will make soon!

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    Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} — April 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Wow! These look decadent and delicious!

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext — April 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    These bars look amazing! I love s’mores, so these are right up my street! Definitely a recipe to try out! 🙂

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    David — May 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Great, I will try it, thanks!

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