Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

If you need a gooey chocolate brownie in your life right now, this GOOEY Chocolate Brownie Bars recipe will satisfy your chocolate cravings! Made easy with a cake mix!

Stack of three gooey chocolate brownie bars sprinkled with powdered sugar on a white plate with red napkin.

I’m in defiance right now. For every healthy dinner I cook, I match it with an equally unhealthy dessert.

This weekend I was CRAVING brownies!

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.

The results were deliciously decadent beyond my wildest dreams.

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.

Yes, 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. No frosting or garnishes needed. Powdered sugar worked just fine, thank you.

And eat them I did. Again. And again. And again. I was in chocolate heaven and loving every minute of it.

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I think everyone needs this recipe for those times when you need an ooey gooey rich chocolate brownie immediately.

Keeping this recipe for brownie bars with a cake mix all to myself would be selfish. When you taste these fresh from the oven, I think you’ll agree!

Chocolate Brownies

I firmly believe that brownies are one of life’s greatest gifts. From Buckeye Brownies to Instant Pot Brownies, there are very few kinds of brownies I’d turn down.

My idea of the best brownies, though, are the ones that are fudgy and just a little bit gooey when you eat them warm.

Cakey brownies are fine but if I wanted a chocolate cake, I’d bake a chocolate cake, you know?

With these brownie bars you get a nice cake layer underneath the soft, gooey brownie so in some sense, it’s the best of both worlds.

Mix a box of cake mix, beat together a thick brownie batter, toss everything in the oven and the most amazing brownie bars ever are ready to eat in under an hour.

Three chocolate cake bars stacked up on a white plate with a bowl of strawberries.

What You’ll Need

Like I mentioned, this recipe is a spin on my gooey butter cake mix recipe. I’m so glad to have finally created a chocolate version!

Here’s what I used to make the brownie bars: 

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar (plus more for the garnish)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla 

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How to Make Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

STEP 1. Combine cake mix with one egg and 1/2 cup melted butter. Batter will be very thick. Press into a buttered 13×9 baking dish.

STEP 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.

STEP 3. Spread in pan over cake mix layer. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, center will be gooey. Serve warm or cold, you decide. Sprinkle with powdered sugar–or get creative with your other favorite brownie toppings!

Slice the brownie bars into squares and store them in an airtight container once cooled. They keep well for about 3 days, but chances are they’ll be gone long before then.

Our batch disappeared within 2 days. As a household of several chocolate lovers, it was inevitable.

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How to store brownies and bars

The cake mix layer coupled with the brownie topping makes these double chocolate brownie bars extra rich and decadent.

I happily enjoyed four large squares and my kids and husband ate a couple each right away, too. We ate them warm first and enjoyed the cooled leftover bars just as much the next day.

These firm up a bit as they cool, creating a more typically fudgy brownie texture. And I love them both ways!

Add some frosting and you’ll now be enjoying these delicious Frosted Gooey Chocolate Cake bars!

Enjoyed by themselves or topped with vanilla ice cream, icing or candy pieces, these gooey chocolate brownie bars are worth every last bite of indulgence.

White plate on a red napkin with a stack of three gooey chocolate cake mix bars.

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Yield: 24 bars

Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

If you need a gooey chocolate brownie in your life right now, this GOOEY Chocolate Brownie Bars recipe will satisfy your chocolate cravings! Made easy with a cake mix!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Your going to love these easy Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars made with cake mix!

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 19, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

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

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

    Jenn

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

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