Gooey Butter Cake Squares

Gooey butter cakes are the result of a happy accident, or so we're told. The origin story says the first cake came about in the 1930s when a rookie baker in St. Louis, Missouri, mixed up the amounts of butter and sugar in a cake recipe. The result was too good to throw out and an addictively sweet confection was born.

Gooey Butter Cake Squares in box with parchment paper
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
24 hrs
Total Time:
24 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 bars

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 egg

  • 3 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.

  2. For crust, in a medium bowl beat 1/2 cup of the butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. of the salt. Beat on medium, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in 1 of the eggs, 2 tsp. of the vanilla, and the almond extract. Beat in flour just until combined. Spread in the prepared pan.

  3. For filling, in a medium bowl beat cream cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Beat in powdered sugar and the remaining 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. salt. Beat in the remaining 2 eggs, one at a time, until combined. Pour batter over crust.

  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill overnight. Dust with additional powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Note:

These bars are best served the day after baking

To Store

Layer bars in airtight container between sheets of wax paper; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 21mg 0%
Folate, total 10.6mcg
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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