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Gooey Coffee Butter Bars: A Rich and Delicious Dessert

I have a sweet tooth that can’t be stopped. It’s one of my downfalls, but the best solution is baking for other people. These Gooey Coffee Butter Bars are my most requested dessert recipe. They are decadent, buttery and rich. You can serve them with a cup of coffee or glass of ice cold milk. There’s just a hint of coffee, so it’s not overpowering the sweet flavor.

You can make them ahead of time for company and they last about a week in a sealed container. Since they have cream cheese in them, I make sure they’re stored in a cool place or the refrigerator. Then you can bring them to room temperature right before serving.

According to the New York Times, It’s actually a twist on a dessert that’s popular in St. Louis. “Legend has it that the St. Louis gooey butter cake originated by accident in the 1930s, when a baker mixed up the proportion of butter in one of his coffee cakes.”

I just added the coffee flavor for more depth. You could even substitute the coffee for pumpkin, if you’re looking for a fall version. Either way, it’s sure to be a big hit in your home!

These rich and creamy coffee butter bars are simply devious! Made with a yellow cake crust bottom and cream cheese coffee top layer. #Dessert #DessertBars #CoffeeCake #ButterBars #ButterCake

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Gooey Coffee Butter Bars: A Rich and Delicious Dessert

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Mix cake mix, melted butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 eggs with a spoon. Pat into a 9 X 9 inch pan.

For the topping, mix cream cheese, 2 eggs and 3 1/2 teaspoons strong coffee with an electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar. Pour over cake layer.

Bake bars for 45 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the center has set to a soft consistency.

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The top of the bars with look flakey and light brown when finished. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in an air-tight container.

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Serve with a cup of coffee for dessert or glass of milk. It also pairs nicely with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream.

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Yield: 9 bars

Gooey Coffee Butter Bars: A Rich and Delicious Dessert

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A gooey and buttery dessert with a hint of coffee

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee, brewed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix cake mix, melted butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, coffee, and 2 eggs with a spoon. Pat into a 9 X 13 inch pan.
  3. Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioner's sugar. Pour over cake layer.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9 bars

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 567mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 1gSugar: 74gProtein: 6g

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