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Butter Bars or Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

My delicious butter bars are like a giant,thick,butter or sugar cookie that is soft and gooey on the inside.  My recipe is a variation on a recipe I read in Anne Byrn’s The Cake Mix Doctor.  Anne Byrn (or The Cake Mix Doctor) calls her recipe Gooey Butter Cake.  I tried it her way,but I didn’t love the crust at the bottom or the ratio of top to bottom…but I loved the flavors and concept.  So I reworked the recipe and voila,here are how to make my butter bars (one of my most sought after treats!):

In a large microwavable bowl,melt a stick of butter.  Mix in a box of yellow cake mix and one egg.  Make sure to let the mixture cool a little before you add the egg…you don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs! The bottom or “crust”layer should look like this:

Butter Bars Bottom

Press this “crust”layer into the bottom of a well greased 9×13 pan.  In the same large microwavable bowl (save yourself the extra dishes and just use the same bowl!),melt another stick of butter in the microwave.  Stir in 1 cup of confectioners sugar.  Add 1 block (8 ounces) of cream cheese that has been cut up into small chunks (and preferably that is at room temperature).  Beat until the cream cheese is soft and the mixture is combined.  Add 2 eggs and 2 tsp of vanilla.  Mix again.  Add 2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar gradually,while mixing (I used a hand mixer,but you can use a stand mixer or do it by hand if your arm won’t get tired!).  Pour this mixture on top of your “crust”layer in the well greased 9 x 13 pan.

Butter Bars Before Baking

Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees (or until a cake tester comes out clean).  The butter bars will look like this out of the oven:

Baked Butter Bars

Let the cake cool completely before cutting (otherwise it will be very difficult to get it out of the pan),although it will still taste great…I have to admit that a few times I just could not wait for it to cool off (besides,I love to eat these bars warm!)…  This picture really doesn’t do my Butter Bars justice,but this is what they looked like when I cut them into bars and served them on a platter with my flourless chocolate cake (recipe soon to follow!):

Christmas Cookies:Butter Bars and Chocolate Flourless Cake

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