Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 11, 2011

I’m in defiance right now. For every healthy dinner I cook, I match it with an equally unhealthy dessert. But have you noticed I haven’t yet posted and shared those healthy dinners? I have the recipes written down. I took pictures. I ate all the leftovers. But wouldn’t you rather have dessert recipes? Don’t answer that, because I will be posting those recipes soon.

My oldest daughter had a swim meet this weekend and she qualified for State Junior Olympics in breaststroke. Yeah, we are so proud of her. But after being at the meet all day, I came home on Saturday CRAVING chocolate. Brownies to be exact.

Unfortunately, I only had cake mix in the pantry, and I was too lazy to dig up a brownie recipe. So I did the next best thing, I took my gooey butter cake recipe and magically made it chocolate. Why have I never thought to do this before???? I mean seriously, duh! I’ve made it using lemon cake mix and made gooey lemon bars. But never chocolate.

Oh, and did I mention I was lazy? And craving chocolate. I could have been super creative and gone over the top with some sort of chocolate drizzle with candy pieces to garnish. But I wanted to eat the brownies NOW. Hot out of the oven. Powdered sugar worked just fine, thank you. Feel free to go creative though, and let me know what you topped them with. I think eating 4 large squares was “over the top” enough for me! Enjoy!

Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12


  • 1 box (18.25oz) chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 cup butter, divided, melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Combine cake mix with one egg and 1/2 cup melted butter. Batter will be very thick. Press into a buttered 13x9 baking dish.
  2. In mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add in two eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread in pan over cake mix layer.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, center will be gooey. Serve warm or cold, you decide. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


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Leslie July 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

What a great idea–using the gooey butte cake recipe!! They look so chocolate-y good! :)


Kristin July 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Oh my, this looks delicious! I love brownies and these look like they could be my new favorite. I love the added creaminess from the cream cheese.
Thanks for sharing the recipe,
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Lark (SparkyLarky) July 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Congrats to your daughter!

And these bars look so soft, and gooey! YUM!


Lisa July 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Congrats to your daughter! That is one amazing accomplishment. I’m sure she’s just as proud of you for being such a great cook/baker and coming up with the most delicious creations.


Christina July 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Mmmm, these look fabulous!


Amelia's De-ssert July 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

Delicious brownie, yummy :)


Tracy July 12, 2011 at 2:05 am

What a great idea! They look perfect!


Erin @ Art+Food+Life July 12, 2011 at 2:14 am

These look amazing! with cake mix too? love it!


Fresh Garden July 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

Wow, Aimee! Fantastic!
Delightful and yummy!


Bev July 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

oh yum, love me some brownies!


The Answer Is Chocolate July 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Came over from Rook No 17. These immediately got my attention!


shopannies July 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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Dana from Our Life's Legacy July 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Man oh man do those look good!


LrSchwtz July 13, 2011 at 12:06 am

Thanks for stopping by my page! I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks delish! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I’m your newest follower!


Alida July 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

Chocolate always get my attention…thanks for the recipe!!


Abby July 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

You had me at the word gooey. :)


Ellen Zames July 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

These look amazing. They would be perfect for our kinky party since this week’s theme is Chocolate. Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundas. The link is opened all week.




Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Oh yum! I love brownies. These look gooey and fantastic. :)


Katie @ This Chick Cooks July 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

It is definitely more fun to post the sweet recipes :) Those brownies look delectable!


Katie @ This Chick Cooks July 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

It is definitely more fun to post the sweet recipes :) Those brownies look delectable!


Christy July 16, 2011 at 2:42 am

congratulations to your daughter…that is incredible! and i do believe you earned 4 large gooey brownies…watching kids swim is hard work ;) thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club


Miz Helen July 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

One of these brownies for dessert to top off a great meal Aimee. These look so good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen


Sarah July 17, 2011 at 5:03 am

Oh my goodness. It’s one in the morning, and I should be going to bed, but instead I’m looking at your delicious food and my stomach is grumbling – because, well, there’s NOTHING better than brownies – they’re totally one of my favorite, favorite foods! I (surprisingly!) have all the ingredients for this, and will totally be making it in the morning!


Jenn Erickson July 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Mmmmm….your brownies sound terrific! And congratulations to your daughter on her Junior Olympics qualifying event!!



sheryl July 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thank You for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I would love to see more of your recipes tomorrow!
I hope to see you there!


Shore Girl July 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

MMMM These look delish –saving to my recipe file!


Linda P. April 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

The ingredients say 3 eggs divided but the recipe says to mix 1 egg into the cake mix and the other 2 eggs into the cream cheese; so are the eggs seperated into yolk and whites and if so, how are they incorporated into both the cake mix and cream cheese mixture?


aimee @ shugarysweets April 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi Linda, you got it right. By divided I mean one egg into cake mix, and two eggs beat into cream cheese. NOT separated, just whole eggs! ENJOY.
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