Chocolate, cream cheese cake bars

I brought the pan of these (ok… I hoarded about three for myself) to work. They got rave reviews, although I had a hard time trying to figure out what to call them. I kept saying dessert bars. I got the recipe from Averie Cooks and they were originally called “White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars.” A mouthful! And I mean… these are a mouthful too. A deliciously, gooey and amazing mouthful.

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Ingredients:

For the cake layer:
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons water

For the top layers
- white chocolate chips
- semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate chips (I used dark)
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

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Before you start this, line a 9×13 in. glass pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray or wipe it down with vegetable oil. Also preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In your mixer, add in the box of cake mix, the egg, the butter and vanilla. It’ll be a thick batter. I added 2 tablespoons of water so that all the batter/dry ingredient would be incorporated.

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Take the dough out of the mixer and use your hands to flatten it out in the pan. Try to make it as even across the entire pan as possible. You’ll also need to wash your hands at this point. You’ll be covered in cake dough.

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In the mixer, empty the can of condensed milk and put in your cream cheese and vanilla. Start mixing.

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Take your chocolate chips and spread them across the bottom layer.

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Your condensed milk should be smooth.

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Pour the condensed milk over the chocolate chips. You may need to spread the milk over the chocolate chips with a spatula.

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Bake for about 25 minutes. The middle of this won’t be set up. It’ll jiggle a bit. Try not to let the top layer get too brown. Let it cool. The more it cools, the more set up it will be. But I can tell ya, the very next day, this cake bar is still totally gooey.

Yum!

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5 thoughts on “Chocolate, cream cheese cake bars

  1. A friend of mine started with a similar recipe like this a few years ago for Christmas. Now she does it with chocolate chip cookie batter (you should give it a try as well). These are soooo good! I have never made these myself, but I have to attempt to make these at some point this year!

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