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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 12
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The name doesn’t lie! Our nod to the famous St. Louis dessert starts with a vanilla butter cake base topped with a gooey cream cheese layer that’s too good to resist. Waiting for these to cool completely before cutting them into pieces is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do—they smell amazing right out of the oven—but take one bite and you’ll know they're worth the wait. (Tip: for just the right amount of “gooey,” make sure to use a 9x9-inch pan and not an 8x8.)
Updated Apr 6, 2017
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound bag (about 3-3/4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 9x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • 2
    In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • 3
    In a stand mixer, combine together the cream cheese, 2 eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the cake mix layer.
  • 4
    Bake bars for 45 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the center has set to a soft consistency.
  • 5
    Cool COMPLETELY before slicing into bars and serving.

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  • Butter Cake. Could there be more perfect words in a single recipe? Yep: Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars. You're welcome. Butter cake is a fun dessert. It takes vanilla cake mix, turns it into a soft, splendidly sweet base, then tops it with a truly delicious cream-cheese vanilla layer that bakes until the top is ever-so-slightly crunchy and everything underneath is like custardy and brilliant. Take all of these parts and pieces, toss them together into Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars, and this recipe may be as good as dessert gets. Here's how to make this incredible recipe and have it in your mouth asap! What are you waiting for?! You're done! Stuff your face and thank your lucky stars for your awesome mad cooking skillz. (Just don't tell anybody how easy these were!) You so rock it out, you butter cake queen, you.
  • Bars are the easy breezy dessert choice for parties and gatherings. Try some more!
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