Strawberry Cheesecake Ooey Gooey Bars

Sometimes you just want something sticky and well, ooey;) these bars do just the trick. And they're so easy to make. I'm obviously completely a wee bit obsessed w/the ooey gooey butter cookies and this is the "cake" version that the cookies were based on, with a slight variation: strawberry! Yum. I've made a few and while the red velvet is my favorite to date, this offers a "summery" flavor temptation that the red velvet lacks. Who am I kidding...I will eat red velvet whenever(and wherever!)

So here is the adapted version of Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Bars


1 box stawberry cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
8 tablespoons butter, melted 
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. 
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
**** I actually used two 8x8 pans and baked for around 35 minutes. But I normally follow her directions. and I like this better when it's a few hours old, I didn't refrigerate it but I imagine if it wasn't all eaten that you should overnight.

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