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Rich Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Rich Cheesecake Bars Recipe

I take turns with some of the ladies at church to provide coffee time snacks for adult Bible class and Sunday school. These gooey bars, a traditional St. Louis dessert, are a favorite. -Tammy Helle, St. Louis, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter and egg until well blended. Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and egg until smooth; spread evenly over batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 115 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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jtmfc User ID: 6874865 72783
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"my grandchildren love them. I had to give the recipe to their mother at their insistence."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 60189
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"Very rich and quite soft and yummy. Everyone loves it when I make it and ask for the recipe. It is a sticky bar slice and you need to keep cleaning your knife while slicing it into bars."

darci jo User ID: 4643739 60186
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I was excited to try this recipe, but it turned out to be a flop. Even though i baked it as directed, the cake part was dry, and the cheesecake topping was way too sweet and didn't taste like cheesecake."

bigmo9193 User ID: 1280561 129759
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I doubled this recipe and baked in a 13 x 9 pan. The only adjustment I made was adding a splash of vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture. These bars are rich and delicious!"

majc User ID: 5947008 205706
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Hi, are these really tiny? I'm wondering how it makes 2 dozen from a 9" square pan. Also is 3oz of cream cheese correct, doesn't it usually come in 8oz pkg's?"

KScales User ID: 3262967 72714
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 13 x 9 pan. However, the bars will be a little thicker and may need to bake a few minutes longer.

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[email protected] User ID: 4127327 132197
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Can this be made in a 13 x 9 pan? Please answer


mcarver User ID: 5657525 65581
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Can this recipe be doubled and baked in a 13x9 in baking dish?"

hwdog User ID: 5202486 99124
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"very good cheesecake recipe- make sure you use the 9 oz cake mix (not the 18 1/4 oz)"

lislew User ID: 1039890 65567
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"From St. Louis too and yes this does taste gooey butter cake"

ronaldwessinger User ID: 1858648 55530
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This is a crowd pleaser."

janisbaker101! User ID: 4261060 128734
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"do they taste like the cheesecake brownies at the great american cookies?"

mstassi User ID: 2404860 132194
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"Only another St. Louis native could appreciate this recipe for "Gooey Butter cake". Around here this is a staple at family gatherings!"

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