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 “My Go-To Chocolate Cupcake Recipe”

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    EliFla — September 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    thanks for recipe..as always..I love cupcake…. hugs, Flavia

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    Amber — February 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    This is my new go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. They are so delicious!!

    • beantownbaker — February 12th, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

      So glad you like them too – aren’t they great?

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    Gurgling Belly — June 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love the recipes you have here! They consistently turn out yummy–thank you!! I’ve used this go to chocolate recipe several times now and was wondering if you’ve ever substituted the 1/3 c water with coffee?

    • beantownbaker — July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

      I have not. I think the coffee really enhances the chocolate flavor. I’m sure you could leave it out if you wanted though.

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    Christine — September 12, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’ve been looking for a chocolate cupcake recipe. I haven’t found the one for me yet. I hope this is it!!!

    • beantownbaker — September 12th, 2013 @ 7:32 am

      Let me know how it works out for you!

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