Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

A rich and delicious dessert. Even got a thumbs up from my father-in-law on this recipe. Adapted from a Holly Berkowitz Clegg cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine cake mix, egg, butter, and water by hand.
  4. Now, pat the batter mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and egg whites until smooth.
  6. Add the vanilla extract. Pour mixture over batter.
  7. Bake 45 minutes or until top is golden, cool and cut into squares.
Most Helpful

These turned out great! Make sure u watch them tho because they only took 30 mins in my oven. I didnt have any vanilla flavoring so i omitted it and they were perfect without it. Not sure what the vanilla does for it but dont think they need it

Jesse H. March 28, 2014

I made these for my boyfriend and he could not stop raving. This is a mostly southern traditional dessert, and they are unheard of up here. He brought them into his office for his staff :-)

scintillaa May 06, 2013

Disappointing. After reading all of the previous positive reviews, I had high hopes for these bars. I followed the recipe exactly...the chocolate layer was dry and the cream cheese layer was too souffle-like for my liking. :(

bucklerblake November 20, 2011