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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6 Responses to “Cranberry Ice Cream”

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — October 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I bet this ice cream is amazing! It looks like it would be!

    Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. I, too, enjoy family time and food. And I find it so much fun to host!

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    Shannon — November 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    this sounds absolutely amazing!!

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    Caroline @ carolinescooking.com — November 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    This looks really yummy! We are somehow out of ice cream but have fresh cranberries in the house, so may have to reverse things with this recipe!

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    Connie the chocoholic — February 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    ahh! I’m so glad that you’re still blogging! When I was in highschool, i used to visit your blog everyday because I simply loved your recipes that much! Then university started and life got busy. Now I’m back into the blogging world and so just wanted to pop by and say hi!

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    Abigail — April 11, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I may not be the best at making this wonderful ice cream, but I bet that I’m the best to eat them up because I’m a big fan of ice cream. Thanks Jen for sharing.

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