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June 16, 2017

Ooey Gooey Bars

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Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. These bars, lovingly referred to as “crack brownies” in my circle, make an amazing sweet treat! A brownie layer serves as the base and is topped with cheesecake, studded with dark chocolate chips. Bake to ooey gooey perfection, then slice and serve warm with a glass of milk. A word of warning: These Ooey Gooey Bars are decadent and addictive!

Be sure to scroll all the way down to see a VIDEO of these bars being made!

Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. A word of warning: Ooey Gooey Bars are addictive! #recipe #dessert

Be sure to scroll all the way down to SEE how ooey gooey these bars really are!

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Let it be known that these sweet treats have been called “Crack Brownies” since a friend dubbed them so in 2007.

Because they’re utterly, decadently delicious.

And because they’re a little bit addictive in the sense that once you try one, you’ll want another… and another… and another.

Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. A word of warning: Ooey Gooey Bars are addictive! #recipe #dessert

As a 21st birthday present, my mother collected 21 eclectic recipes to share with me.

Some were from family members.

Others were from cookbooks.

And a handful were from family friends.

These Ooey Gooey Bars were from a family friend, and they were a hit from the get go.

Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. A word of warning: Ooey Gooey Bars are addictive! #recipe #dessert

Over the years, I’ve adapted this recipe, but the spirit of these decadent bars has stayed the same.

A chewy chocolate brownie layer on the bottom topped with a creamy cheesecake, studded with dark chocolate chips.

Because HELLO, why would we NOT add more chocolate to something that is lovingly called a Crack Brownie? 😉

Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. A word of warning: Ooey Gooey Bars are addictive! #recipe #dessert

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Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. A word of warning: Ooey Gooey Bars are addictive! #recipe #dessert

Now who wants to make some Ooey Gooey Bars of their own?

I can promise you they’ll be a hit and you won’t have any leftovers!

Scroll down to learn how I make them… (and be sure to watch the video RIGHT THERE!)

Overhead image of Ooey Gooey Bars, cut into by a fork while sitting on a plate
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Ooey Gooey Bars

These decadent Ooey Gooey Bars have been known as "crack brownies" in my circle for years because they are so addictive! A dense chocolate layer is topped with a fluffy cream cheese topping, studded with semisweet chocolate chips, and baked until ooey gooey perfection. If you bring these goodies to a party, don't expect to bring any home!
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 egg

Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Mix chocolate cake mix, the stick of butter and one egg together to create the bottom layer of the bar.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and flatten. This should take a little while since the mixture is THICK and not very liquid-y.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese, the other 2 eggs, the 1/2 stick of butter, applesauce and the vanilla extract until smooth.
  5. Pour in the powdered sugar gradually, stirring until the wet ingredients are completed mixed.
  6. Pour on top of bottom layer in the pan.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the top layer.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 30 minutes, then slice into individual bars and enjoy!

Does your family have a recipe like this one?

Have you ever tried an Ooey Gooey Bar?

The photos and recipe for these Ooey Gooey Bars was originally published on October 13, 2011. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post and the recipe, were updated on June 16, 2017.

30 Comments

  1. Larissa

    Um, these look dangerous. But delicious. That is a winning combination for a dessert.

  2. blair

    I’m the “official baker” of our tailgate and these look amazing…on the menu for the Auburn game for sure! Good to “meet” another baton rouge food blogger!

  3. Jessica

    Holy sweet baby jesus. That looks and sounds amazing. Adding this to my list to try. Seriously, I want one right now.

  4. DessertForTwo

    I love the addition of applesauce! I must try these!

  5. Megan

    These look more than delicious. Cream cheese + chocolate + butter = deliciousness warning. Yum!

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  7. Dani @ FatBurningFurnace

    I made these shortly after finding the recipe and I did something wrong because they did not turn out gooey, but rather hard. I tried it a second time and they were perfect! I’m not sure what I left out, but I’m happy I decided to try it again! 🙂

    • Erin

      Dani, I’m glad you gave them a shot for the second time around! I wonder what went wrong… Maybe it was the cooking time? Either way, I’m happy you tried it again because these bars have been winners for YEARS. (My friends still ask about the “crack brownies” whenever I see them, haha!)

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  9. Shawna

    We use to buy a box kit at Sam’s and we were in love, then they suddenly discontinued them and we have been looking for 7 years now. This recipe looks like what I am looking for!

    • Erin

      Oh wow, Shawna! I didn’t realize this was sold in a kit, and I really hope that it tastes as good, if not better, than the stuff you got from Sam’s! This is one of my all-time FAVORITE recipes to bring to parties and barbecues, so I hope it serves you well!

  10. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado

    These look amazing, can’t wait to try them. I think I might play with a few different flavors of cake mix too!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Karen! I’m excited to hear what you think of these little brownies and what you do with the cake mixes. I bet that could be interesting!

  11. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Whoa…this is going to be the hit of the potluck!

    • Erin

      Yes, they absolutely will be! (Says the woman who brings them to potlucks all the time and never brings home leftovers…)

  12. Nutmeg Nanny

    I can see why these have been called “crack brownies”

    • Erin

      Oh yes. 🙂 It makes total sense, haha.

  13. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    These look so amazing! I can imagine why they’re called crack brownies! They’d make a fab treat!

    • Erin

      Thank you! 😉 And ha. I KNOW. Such a fab treat!

  14. Sandi G

    What a super fun title for such yummy looking bars. I love ooey gooey!!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Sandi! I love ooey gooey, too!

  15. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies

    Look fantastic! My kid would love these bars!

    • Erin

      They are totally fantastic! And I hope your kids dig them as much as we love them over here!

  16. Michelle

    They look super tempting! I doubt I could stop at just one!

    • Erin

      And THAT is the problem. I can never stop at just one. 😉

  17. Krista

    You had me at ooey gooey! These looks delicious!

    • Erin

      Woohoo! Thank you so much, Krista!

  18. Susannah // Feast + West

    OMG. Do you deliver late at night? Because I need these SO much right now!

    • Erin

      OF COURSE, friend. I’ll just bring some right over. Easy as that. 😉

  19. Karly

    I feel like I just found my new go-to. These look absolutely INCREDIBLE! But thinking about it, I better make a “test batch” just to try out myself before I let anyone else dig in… right? 😉

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