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Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

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Ooey Gooey Butter Bars are definitely just what the name implies. They are so rich, they are bound to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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My inspiration comes from living in the St. Louis region of the country where the gooey butter cake originates. Over the years, different variations have emerged. Legend has it that during the Great Depression, a South St. Louis German baker was making a yellow cake and made a mistake on his ingredients.  What he ended up with was a gooey mess, but since it was the Depression and those ingredients were scarce, he served it anyway. It seems the St. Louisans loved it so much, they couldn’t get enough. Thus, the gooey butter cake was born. Ooey Gooey Butter Bars would be the perfect ending to my Two-tone Lasagna.

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Ooey Gooey Butter Bars:

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5 from 3 votes
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Ooey Gooey Butter Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Ooey Gooey Butter Bars are definitely just what the name implies. They are so rich, they are bound to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, chocolate
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Renea
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 Brownie mix, family size
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

  3. Melt the butter in the microwave.

  4. Add the brownie mix and mix to incorporate.

  5. Add one egg, water and pecan pieces.

  6. Stir to combine.

  7. Pour into the prepared pan.

  8. Beat the softened cream cheese, vanilla and remaining eggs in a large bowl until well combined.

  9. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until well incorporated.

  10. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  11. When the mixture is smooth, pour over the brownie mixture.

  12. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is medium brown and a thin crust forms on top.

  13. When removed from the oven, dust with sifted cocoa powder.

  14. Cool completely before cutting.

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Karla M Bel

Friday 20th of November 2020

I used your recipe a few years back during Christmas holidays. My youngest son and his fiance loved them. They asked me to make them again this year, but I couldn't find my copy of your recipe! When I told them, my FDL (future daughter in law) who is Vietnamese told me , "you are the best WHITE baker I know, you will find the recipe or wing it, because you spoil us always, either way it will be delicious!" Well here I found it! Guess she was right, I can't help myself when they ask me to make them something. So thank you for this wonderful recipe, there are none greater!!


Saturday 21st of November 2020

So happy you and your family enjoy this one!


Thursday 19th of September 2019

Gonna fix this now.....I'm a lil stressed I love baking it helps..thx.for sharing


Saturday 21st of September 2019

Thanks for the nice comment.


Monday 2nd of September 2019

What do you mean by Family size Brownie Mix...aren't all the boxes of Brownie mix the same size - or is my grocery store missing something??


Monday 2nd of September 2019

Thanks for your inquiry. The box will probably say 9x13 or about 18 ounces. Enjoy!!!


Sunday 30th of September 2018

Really good and super rich. Easy to put together and I had all ingredients on hand. I will be making this again!


Monday 1st of October 2018

Thanks for sharing--so happy you enjoyed it!


Monday 22nd of January 2018

What a yummy creation

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