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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for gooey brownie bars.

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 Extract– learn how to make vanilla extract with my easy recipe!

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make the first layer of gooey brownie bars.

Make the Base. 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.

Top layer. In a mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add in two eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla.

Beat until thoroughly combined.

Spread in pan over cake mix layer.

Step by step photos showing how to make the top layer of gooey brownies.

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!

Storage Tips

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

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

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

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

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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 chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted (divided)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine cake mix with one egg and ½ 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, ½ 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.

Notes

  • STORAGE- Slice the brownie bars into squares and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They keep well for about 3 days.
  • FREEZE- Freeze brownies for up to three months in airtight container. Thaw in refrigerator overnight.

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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About Aimee

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

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Posted on April 7, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. It is definitely more fun to post the sweet recipes 🙂 Those brownies look delectable!

  2. It is definitely more fun to post the sweet recipes 🙂 Those brownies look delectable!

  3. 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.

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    Ellen

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

  5. 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.

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