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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8 Responses to “Strawberry Hand Pies”

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    Sherry G — June 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I’ve had fruit hand pies on my to-bake list as well. I haven’t spotted a strawberry version until now, and these look very tasty! 9 1/2 cups of flour for the dough? Wow!

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    Jen — June 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Sherry – Alton Brown gives all his recipes in ounces. So as the recipe states, it’s 9 1/2 ounces of flour, which is about 2 cups.

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    mamakrystal — June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    These look fantastic!! I love your theme weeks!

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    nutmegnanny — June 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    These look great! I have yet to make homemade hand pies but I know I was always a fan of the Hostess ones. Hahaha not that same I’m sure 🙂

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    Memória — June 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I must make this! perfect breakfast treat. Lovely hand pies. YUM!

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    jlb521 — July 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    These look great! I am making them this weekend, I cannot wait!! Whenever I am looking to bake something new, I ALWAYS check your blog and I ALWAYS find something spectacular to make!! Thank you for having such a wonderful blog, and thanks for sharing them!!
    Jen

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    yumventures — July 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    these look so delicious! I love how easy (and delicious) they are to eat!

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    Christy Kindness — October 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    what kind of blueberries did you use wild or regular?

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