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 “Black & White Blondies”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I love white chocolate! It tastes especially good in cheesecake (and blondies, too). Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • beantownbaker — March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      I haven’t made a white chocolate cheesecake yet, but I bet the subtleness would be great in cheesecake.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — February 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I never realized blondies had white chocolate! These look so good! I looove white chocolate but love it even more with a burst of semi-sweet too.

    • beantownbaker — March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:12 am

      Not all blondies are created equal. Some have white chocolate and some don’t. I think from now on, I’m going to use this recipe for my base recipe for blondies.

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    Ashley — February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Oooooh these look great! I’m in the same boat with white chocolate. I loooove dark, and always get a little turned off by the “fakeness” of white chocolate, but lately, it’s been a welcome addition.

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    Shannon — February 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    these look absolutely fabulous!!

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    chelsea @ serves two — February 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    oh yum. i’m a HUGE white chocolate fan. these sound fabulous!

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    carolg — March 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    ok, so i’m wondering if my appeal to a middle of the road crowd could be semisweet chocolate? what do you think?

    • beantownbaker — April 1st, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      I think semi-sweet would work just fine.

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