Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars

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!

Yield: 24

Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bars


  • 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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Posted on July 11, 2011

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!
    I hope to see you there!

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


  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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