Gooey Butter Bars


These bars are a blank canvas for whatever topping you like. We piled on strawberries tossed with a little honey and minced ginger, but you could also try blueberries with a bit of finely shredded lemon peel or a simple glze made with powdered sugar and tangerine juice. Or skip the topping all together. These bar are just as good on their own.

Gooey Butter Bars
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup cold butter

  • cup butter, softened

  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup light-colored corn syrup

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup half-and-half

  • 3 cup sliced and/or halved fresh strawberries

  • 2 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment; set aside. For crust, in a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs (mixture will be dry and crumbly). Pat firmly into prepared pan; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl beat softened butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar. Beat in corn syrup, egg, and almond extract just until combined. Alternately add the flour and half-and-half, beating after each addition until just combined after each addition (batter may appear slightly curdled). Spread into crust-lined baking pan.

  3. Bake about 30 minutes or until center is just set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Use parchment to lift from the pan; cut into bars.

  4. In a small bowl toss strawberries with honey and ginger. Spoon over bars before serving. Makes 24.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 10.7mg 54%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 57mg 1%
Folate, total 29.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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