White Chocolate Butter Bars


So I have a pretty busy week ahead.

I’ll share it all with you soon enough…trust me, it’s nothing major.


But since I will be busy, I figured you might be busy too.

I just assume things like that…because I apparently think the world revolves around me.

Wait, it doesn’t?


So yeah..this week we have a theme.

Busy people still need sweets!

I’m thinking that is pretty much the best theme ever.


So, “Busy people still need sweets” week has begun.

And since there’s nothing quicker than a cake mix, we’re gonna start there.  All week.


So yeah, my theme just got longer…

“Busy people still need sweets that start with cake mix” week.

Concise, I clearly am not.




My mom made these bars for years.

I kinda thought she was a cooking genius.

Until I saw that this is just about, basically, almost exactly the same recipe that EVERYONE IN ALL THE LAND uses for Gooey Butter cake.

But, my mom did add white chocolate.  Which is really a genius move.  At least in my book.


Here’s what you do…

Start with a yellow cake mix and some cold butter.  Mix the 2 ingredients together until you have a crumbly consistency.

Then add in an egg and vanilla…the dough will be thick

Press it into a greased baking dish…

Sprinkle your white chocolate chips all over the unbaked crust.

Next mix up some cream cheese, powdered sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Pour this on top of the white chocolate chips.

Bake it up.

If you have self control you should wait for this to cool before cutting into squares.

Self control is optional where I come from…

So, I do this thing when I eat directly from the baking dish…hush…and then try and cut it in a straight line before my husband sees evidence of my gluttony.

It’s a dirty little secret.

Sometimes I keep cutting and eating and cutting and eating until my line is perfectly perfect.  I’m kind of a perfectionist.  It’s my plight in life.

So now that you have sweets, you can go back to being busy.


White Chocolate Butter Bars
  • ½ cup cold butter
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1, 8 oz block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray
  3. In your mixing bowl combine the butter and cake mix. Beat on medium until the cake mix looks crumbly.
  4. Add egg and beat until smooth. Batter will be stiff.
  5. Press your mixture into your prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle the white chocolate chips evenly over batter.
  7. In another mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  8. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  9. Pour this evenly over white chocolate chips and spread to edges of pan.
  10. Bake for approx 30 minutes until center is set.
  11. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar.
  12. Let cool before cutting into squares.
Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
January 21, 2012 7:16 pm

These look awesome!

I make something like this with a yellow cake base, white choc chips, and a layer of PB and marshmallow fluff.

I need to do what you did and use cream cheese b/c they look phenomenal!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
January 21, 2012 7:22 pm

A sweets week sounds good to me! Bring it on!!

January 21, 2012 7:23 pm

I agree – that was a genius move by your mom! White chocolate is important. These bars – very important.

January 21, 2012 8:00 pm

I so totally need this in my life. Like right now. Ps tell your mom she rocks!

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
January 21, 2012 8:59 pm

your blog is SUCH a DELIGHT!!!!! thanks for sharing your talent, recipes, giggles and heart

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
January 21, 2012 10:13 pm

Ummm, oh my gosh. If I let my kids see the loads of powdered sugar on this cookie bar, they will insist I make it NOW. They’ll love it!!

Christina @ Mrs Foxs Sweets
January 21, 2012 10:19 pm

These bars look so scrumptious! I wish I could just grab one off the screen and eat it now! YUM!

January 21, 2012 10:50 pm

it looks so easy to make I really love quick and delicious bars like these ones

Heather (Heather
January 22, 2012 12:28 am

ummm…will you marry me? holy delicious!

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
January 22, 2012 1:19 am

The “straightening of the line” as I call it…total classic! And totally guilt-free! 😉

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
January 22, 2012 7:13 am

Got to love the cutting and eating move!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
January 22, 2012 9:38 am

I love things made with cake mix, my motto is “if you have to crack and egg it’s home made” Which is totally true, This sounds really good, and I totally do the cutting off tiny thin bits to make it look like I didn’t eat as much.

January 22, 2012 12:57 pm

I am from STL and this is a must at any party. I just made a Gooey Butter Cake yesterday to celebrate my son’s belated birthday with family today. I wish I would have saw this so I could have added the white chocolate. That sound great. I will be doing it next time. Love your site:)

Mighty Morgan
January 22, 2012 1:04 pm

I love reading your posts! I find them so entertaining and somewhat familiar to what my days are like as well….but the desserts are killing me…in a good way…it’s hard to eat right when I’m looking at yummy stuff AND easy to make yummy stuff like you make…

Choc Chip Uru
January 22, 2012 2:05 pm

Mmmm – a bar consisting of the two most gorgeous ingredients ever? Yes please with some ice cream of you will 😛
Great post!!!

January 22, 2012 4:35 pm

You had me at butter. 🙂
I have a busy week ahead too, well more than normal anyway… so bring it on.

January 22, 2012 5:58 pm

I actually just had these bars for the first time a few years ago. And I love the addition of white chocolate!!

Cookbook Queen
January 22, 2012 6:32 pm

I love the cut and eat rule. Best ever.

January 22, 2012 6:39 pm

Yep..your mom was a genius!

January 22, 2012 8:09 pm

I’m off to get some eggs and white chocolate.

January 22, 2012 8:13 pm

Yes. Genius mom. 🙂

January 22, 2012 9:33 pm

Can’t argue with easy! I keep cutting off slivers hoping that nobody notices 🙂

Cookie Sleuth
January 22, 2012 10:38 pm

I love learning of new ways to use box cake mix, even if I’m not busy!

January 22, 2012 10:40 pm

In my vast experience with busy-ness. I find that busy people need MORE sweets. Cause being busy burns more calories. And requires more white chocolate.

Exactly why I need these.

Amy J
January 22, 2012 11:09 pm

These look delish – and super easy…yummmm…

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
January 23, 2012 1:49 am

These do look yummy! I have never made the “Gooey Butter Cakes”. This looks so easy and delish ..i think I will! 🙂

Georganne (LilaLoa)
January 23, 2012 5:48 am

For real, just this afternoon I was wondering what kind of fantastic dessert I could make with a yellow box cake mix. You’re THE BEST!!!!

January 23, 2012 2:28 pm

I really love how you just owned that powdered sugar. It’s like a mile high!

Danica Richmond
Danica Richmond
January 23, 2012 3:11 pm

It looks really yummy. I would like to try this recipe during the weekend. What is your favorite dessert? I like cake more than ice cream.

Thanks for the recipe. Will try to perform this at home!


January 23, 2012 5:13 pm

Ah this looks so good. Your mom IS a genius. I want this for dinner.

January 23, 2012 7:04 pm

i almost thought gooey butter bars were as good as it gets, but i’d be wrong. these are superior to those in every way simply because of the presence of white chocolate!

Erika - The Teenage Taste
January 24, 2012 7:06 am

Yes!!! Busy people definitely need sweets! I tried to explain that to my Mom so I could bake instead of studying for Finals, but she didn’t buy it. 😕

Jill T
January 24, 2012 8:33 am

These look amazing! Will be trying these later this week!


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Darla | Bakingdom
January 26, 2012 10:23 am

You had me at “butter.”


January 30, 2012 3:54 pm

Hmmm – sinfully delicious.

Jan Evett
February 9, 2012 10:26 pm

“Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.” – seriously, do you think this is going to last 3 days? It looks too good for there to be any of it left in the fridge for 3 days! Thanks for the recipe.


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Jessica Garcia
February 17, 2012 4:28 pm

I have this in the oven right now! except i read it as a 9×9 baking dish not a 9×13. 😮 oops! I hope it won’t make a difference! Thanks for this recipe i cant wait to try it when it cools.. or warm 😉

C Guerra
C Guerra
February 26, 2012 9:40 pm

I’ve made this twice now and every person that takes a bite falls over in delight!!! I do recommend cooking it a little longer than suggested; about 10 minutes. Otherwise, a ” better than ___ ” desert!!!

March 19, 2012 10:40 pm

I made these as a special treat for my mom’s birthday and nobody could stop eating them. So gooey and delicious! I can’t wait to make more of your recipes!

April 3, 2012 11:08 pm

I love white chocolate!!! A big “Thanks” to your Mama for adding it!!!!

September 2, 2012 10:01 am

I made these last night as husband cannot eat milk chocolate. They are wonderful and amazing. I used Dr. Otker organic cake mix. I did not put extra powder on top as I ran out. It did not matter delicious! You have many non chocolate treats here. So, thank you. I have added your feed to my reader.

September 21, 2012 11:29 am

this looks really good am so going to try this thanks for sharing..:)

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October 7, 2012 10:39 pm

You have so many delicious looking recipes! ! I also shared it in my collectionf 37 White Chocolate Recipes to try http://kristendukephotography.com/37-delicious-white-chocolate-recipes/#comments

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April 18, 2013 4:21 pm

These were delicious, but it took forever for them to set up in the middle, almost an hour… Did I do something wrong, or is this just an oven variance? Thanks for sharing though, I’m making my co-workers heavier by the day! lol

April 28, 2015 8:37 am

Would it be okay to make this with Funfetti Mix? Without running to the store I don’t have any yellow. Or could I use a mix made from scratch with flour, sugar, baking powder aned salt? It just seems like yellow has more butter flavor in it than the rest of them.