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Cream Cheese Squares

Irresistibly Easy Cream Cheese Bars: A Delightful Anytime Treat

Craving a sweet and satisfying treat that's quick and easy to make? Look no further than these Cream Cheese Bars! These decadent squares are always a hit, disappearing in a flash at our house. They're perfect for after-dinner indulgence, a delightful dessert, or even a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Effortlessly Easy: This recipe is a breeze to make, requiring minimal ingredients and straightforward steps. It's ideal for busy weeknights or when you're short on time.
  • Perfect Balance: These bars boast the perfect balance of a crumbly cake base and a rich, creamy cheese layer. They're not overly sweet, offering a delightful taste sensation in every bite.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: These bars are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone who tries them. The combination of simple flavors and textures is universally appealing.
  • Endless Possibilities: Feel free to get creative and customize these bars to your liking. Add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra special touch.

Ingredients:

  • For the Crumbly Cake Base:

    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • ½ cup softened butter
  • For the Dreamy Cream Cheese Layer:

    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get your oven started by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

  2. Cake Batter in a Flash: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, beaten eggs, and softened butter using an electric mixer or a stand mixer. Mix until everything is well incorporated and a crumbly dough forms.

  3. Pressing the Base: Prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan by greasing it with butter or lining it with parchment paper. Press the cake batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  4. Creamy Perfection: In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  5. Layering the Flavor: Spread the creamy cheese mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter in the baking pan.

  6. Baking to Bliss: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes. The bars are done when the edges are golden brown and the center is set.

  7. Cooling and Cutting: Remove the pan from the oven and let the bars cool completely in the pan before cutting them into squares. This will allow the cream cheese layer to firm up properly.

  8. Serving and Enjoying: Cut the cooled bars into squares and serve them at room temperature. Enjoy your delicious and easy Cream Cheese Bars!

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use brown butter in the cake batter. To brown butter, simply melt it in a saucepan over medium heat, swirling it constantly until it turns a golden amber color and gives off a nutty aroma.
  • Leftover bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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