Worlds BEST Brownie Bars (as deemed by my kids)

Donna Roth


This recipe originally was called Chess Bars, a recipe my mom found in the paper, posted by co-workers of a friend of mine from high school. I tweaked the recipe just a bit and my kids told me it was the best brownie bars they'd had - hence the name change. I've seen similar recipes to this called gooey cake. We think of it more as a brownie, rich and delicious. It's so not the consistency of cake. Everyone who has tried it has loved it. This is one of my most requested recipes. Though it takes a while to bake and MUST cool all the way, it is very easy, and very versatile.

★★★★★ 2 votes
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15 Min
55 Min



1 box
butter chocolate cake mix *
1 large
1 stick
margarine, melted **


3 large
1 lb
(4 cups) powdered suger
8 oz
(1 block) cream cheese (reg or lowfat)
1 tsp
vanilla extract or chocolate liqueur

How to Make Worlds BEST Brownie Bars (as deemed by my kids)


  • 1Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spray 9x13 pan*** with Pam.
  • 2Mix bottom layer ingredients in large mixing bowl, and press evenly into pan.
  • 3Mix top layer ingredients till smooth and pour over bottom layer, tilting pan to cover completely.****
  • 4Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool COMPLETELY. Cut into bars.
  • 5Goes great with an ice cold glass of milk.
  • 6N O T E S
    * I like Betty Crocker Butter Chocolate Cake Mix (sometimes hard to find these days)
    ** I’ve found Fleischmann's Original stick margarine works best in baking
    *** I've cooked this in glass pans, single layer aluminum pans and in Air Bake insulated pans. The Air Bake produces the best texture and color.
    **** No need to change/clean mixing bowl... use same tools as bottom layer.
    ***** The brownies rise pretty high then drop to about 1/2 the height of the pan.
    ****** Variations: Change the flavor of the cake mix and/or the extract/liqueur to suite your tastes.
    I've tried Strawberry Cake really need a huge sweet tooth for this one. I couldn't handle this one; luckily I have a friend who could.
    I've also made it with Spice Cake - delicious!!!! Put the kids in the mood for pumpkin pie.

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About Worlds BEST Brownie Bars (as deemed by my kids)

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Other Tag: Quick & Easy