I guess you could say I live a sheltered life. I have heard of ooey gooey bars since I’ve been on Pinterest, but my family never had the pleasure of enjoying them while we were growing up from what I can remember. It’s hard to miss them on Pinterest, if you are a pinner! There are all kinds of cool variations of them floating out there.
Someone brought some ooey gooey butter bars into work and my husband went ga-ga over them. “Why don’t you make some of those? They were so good!” So, like the ‘wanting-to-please-my-husband’ wife that I am, I got to it, a couple of months later after the fact, but better late than never right?
Do you see the Salted Caramel in those scrumptious gooey bars? Good God Gertie!
As I was making these bars, when I was preparing the cream cheese mixture, I added in my 2 cups of powdered sugar to the mixture and I was thinking to myself…*Boy, this mixture is really thick!* I tasted it. “Yuck! What the heck, where’s the sweetness?!” I checked my bags of powder/flour stuff, and realized I had used Velvet Cake Flour. Holy Smokes! Thank goodness I didn’t add it on top of the rest of the ingredients in the pan. That would have been one HOT mess that tasted very undesirable.
I really liked Chef In Training’s cake bars, so I just modified them just a wee bit by adding in some salted caramel, some vanilla and I like to use a 9×9 pan. I’m a 9×9-er. But feel free to make them in a 9×13, depending on your situation. Good luck with your powdered sugar! 😉
Here’s the ooey gooey recipe! Enjoy baking and eating these!
- 1 box Butter Yellow Cake mix or any flavor you want
- ½ cup butter melted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup salted caramel topping
- 8 oz . cream cheese softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix cake mix, melted butter and egg, in a medium-sized bowl until well combined.
Press the cake mix dough evenly in the bottom of a greased 9x9 baking pan.
Pour salted caramel topping over the crust evenly. (Microwave if needed to pour easier)
In another medium-sized bowl, using a mixer, cream the cream cheese, then add in the beaten eggs until smooth. Add powdered sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
Pour cream cheese mixture over crust and about 35-40 minutes or until done. (Do not over bake.)
When done, transfer bars from oven and let cool completely before cutting.
9x9 pan bake 35-40 minutes.
9x13 pan bake 25-30 minutes (use 3/4 cup salted caramel)
Other gooey bars that caught my attention!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars by Crazy for Crust
Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars by Averie Cooks
Key Lime Gooey Bars by Mom on TimeOut