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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10 Responses to “Double Chocolate Brownie Roll Out Cookies”

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    Carrie — March 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Those are SOOOOO cute!

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    Jenn — March 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You did such a good job decorating these!!!

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    Colleen — March 16, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    So cute! I love the little pots of gold!

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    Katie — March 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The cookies are all SOOOOOO cute! I seriously love them! btw -thanks for the hsout out. You are too sweet. I’m so glad it could help. They look fantastic!

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    Erin — March 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I love the Pot’O Gold. And I’ve been eyeing that brownie rollout recipe myself to make something special for a friend’s birthday!

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    Jen — March 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    They’re so good. You should definitely make them. I would also recommend not rolling them too thin. The thicker ones are much better. I wish mine had been about twice as thick as they were. Guess I’ll just have to make them again!

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    Stephanie Wagner — March 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

    These are too cute! You must have a steady hand for the detail around those clovers. Nice job!

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    Suzy — March 18, 2009 at 1:38 am

    So cute, love the pot of gold! You put in a lot of work for sure.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Kerstin — March 19, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m really enjoying it (I’m from Boston too)!

    The pots of gold are adorable!

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    Jeremy — June 4, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I was looking for something creative and new like this. Then tried this awesome recipe . This recipe does not disappoint. It’s a snap to prepare and really tasty.

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