My first memory of Gooey Butter Bars (or cake) was at my sister’s house in the 9th grade. She lived just across the street with her husband and adorable baby girl. I would go hang out with her every day after school and sometimes in the evenings when her husband worked an evening shift. She enjoyed the “adult” conversation after being home with an infant so much. I enjoyed cuddling the baby and spending time playing cards with my sister while eating her yummy desserts. This is one of those recipes that is SO good and so easy to make.
While this recipe always uses a yellow cake mix, feel free to experiment with other mixes if you don’t happen to have yellow. I have a specific memory of my sister using a chocolate cake mix on one of those card playing evenings. As I recall, it didn’t look as pretty as it typically does, but the taste was fabulous!
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 2 sticks melted butter (16 tablespoons, divided)
- 2 eggs
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pound powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of butter, mixing well with electric mixer.
Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Add the eggs, vanilla and 1 stick of butter, beating together well.
Add powdered sugar and mix well.
Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
Make sure not to over bake.
(I like to decorate each bar with a dusting of powdered sugar and a raspberry if I have them).