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!
We always keep a few cake mixes in the pantry. They are delicious when used to make Cake Mix Cookies. Melt in your mouth, and so many varieties available!
Why this Recipe Works
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!
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.
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
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar (plus more for the garnish)
- Cocoa powder
- Vanilla Extract– learn how to make vanilla extract with my easy recipe!
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Step by Step Instructions
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.
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.
More Chocolate Desserts:
- Chocolate Pound Cake
- No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake
- Wacky Cake
- Chocolate Pudding Cake
Your going to love these easy Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars made with cake mix!