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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Spray a 9×13″ 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.


55 Responses

  1. Danielle

    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:)

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. Danica Richmond

    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!


  5. 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!

  6. “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.

  7. 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 😉

  8. C Guerra

    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!!!

  9. Lindsay

    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!

  10. Anne

    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.

  11. Emily

    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

  12. Elke

    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.

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