Ooey Gooey Butter Bars are the stuff of legends and that shortcut recipe has been making rounds for years. If you think those are good, you'll really flip once you try them made from scratch.
Author: Christy Jordan
2 ½cupsall purpose flour
1 ½cupsgranulated sugar
3/4cupbutterat room temp
8ozcream cheeseat room temp
Place the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low just until a dough is formed. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray or just spray your pan directly with a good coating of cooking spray and leave out the foil part. (The foil makes it easier to remove the bars all at once and get nice clean cuts but it isn't necessary).
Pat dough into bottom of prepared pan and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, place cream cheese and beat until smooth and creamy. Add 3 eggs, vanilla, and powdered sugar and beat until well combined and smooth with no lumps. Pour over crust in pan.
Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. You'll have to rely on them looking nice and golden rather than the traditional toothpick test as these are supposed to stay a little gooey in the middle. Allow to cool completely before cutting so the top layer can set a bit.
Hint: These are delicious warm but just not as pretty when you cut them that way. I suggest eating one warm and then letting the rest cool - but you didn't hear that from me!