Ooey Gooey Goodness

I fully intended to snap a photograph of my inaugural batch of Ooey Gooey Bars before sharing them with my Media Writing students Tuesday night, but the image below is all that remained after class. Not only did my 15 students gobble them up – they asked to take the remaining bars home! That’s an unmistakable sign of a delicious recipe that should be shared.

I stumbled upon the recipe on Twitter a few days ago while searching for something new to bake for the holidays. Ooey Gooey Bars have quickly become a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to make another batch.

Ooey Gooey Bars

Cake mixture
1 package Duncan Hines Golden Butter cake mix
1 stick of butter, melted
1 egg

Mix together the above ingredients. Dough will be thick like cookie dough. Press into a 9 x 13 greased pan.

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
4 cups powdered sugar

Using a mixer, combine these three ingredients in a separate bowl and spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.

I found the bars to best be baked for just under 30 minutes, for a cheesecake-like consistency. For a bar that’s more like a cookie, bake a little longer. Also, for a less sugary flavor, use 3 to 3-1/2 cups of powdered sugar.

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