Ooey Gooey Butter Bars. Gooey Buttercake, if you're Pauler Deen. I grew up calling it Chess Pie Squares. This is my mom's recipe and it reminds me of my childhood. My childhood doesn't seem like it was that long ago. But I just turned 30, so I guess it was a long time ago. Weird.
Anyway, whatever you want to call these yummy little squares is just fine. It really won't matter what you call them at all, because you won't be able to stop eating them.
I've taken it to people when they had a baby. I've taken it to Bible study many times. (Aletta, this one's for you!) I've taken it to friends' houses, to "pitch-ins" (for anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line, that's just a potluck), and pretty much any other excuse I could come up with to make this fabulous yet simple dessert.
If you're new to Ooey Gooey Butter Bars, it falls into the category of a bar cookie. We'll make a crust and then top it with a cream cheese mixture and bake it all together. Easy.
The only way to mess this dessert up is to overcook it. I find myself saying that a lot. So, the truth is, when it comes to cooking and baking in general, don't overcook it.
There now. Let's get going.
Take a box of yellow cake mix. Betty knows best, so I buy Betty. I stock up when they're $1/box at Kroger. Have I mentioned how many ways you can use a box of cake mix and no one would ever know that you used a box of cake mix?
For the crust, we'll need a stick of butter and an egg to mix with the cake mix.
Now, take the same mixing bowl that you made the crust in. Don't clean it out. A few crust crumbs won't hurt the topping at all. Because, as we all know by now, the only way to mess up this recipe...
I'm not going to say it again.
Into your dirty, crusty mixing bowl, put a block of room-temperature cream cheese, a pound of powdered sugar, two eggs, and a teaspoon of vanilla. In case you buy your powdered sugar in 2-lb bags like I do, a pound of powdered sugar is roughly 4 cups. But in the event that you don't use powdered sugar like I do, just buy a 1-lb. box. It's easier than measuring it out because I inevitably manage to sprinkle it on my dog's back, who stands underneath my feet whenever I cook.
Use the same paddle attachment you used for the crust and beat the topping together. It will be smooth and creamy, provided you follow instructions well and used room-temperature cream cheese.
Pour it over the crust. Just like this.
Ooey Gooey Butter Bars
1 box yellow cake mix