Easy Butter Bars (Cake Mix)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Source: Midwest Living

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix or 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 12-1 teaspoon butter flavoring (optional)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • sugared cranberries (optional)
  • fresh mint sprig (optional)


  1. Coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with some cooking spray.
  2. For the crust: In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, softened butter, and 1 egg with an electric mixer on low speed until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Pat into the bottom of the pan; set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, the 2 eggs, and butter flavoring, if you like, and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until well combined.
  6. Spread on top of crust in pan.
  7. Bake the bars in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the filling is set and golden brown.
  8. Cool in pan on a wire rack. (The filling will fall when it's cooled.)
  9. Cut into the bars.
  10. Garnish with cranberries and fresh mint leaves, if you like.
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Reviewed for Aus/NZ Forum Recipe Swap Sept 2011- a super easy slice/bars to make. I used a gluten-free yellow cake mix and maybe think could cut back a bit on the butter for the crust. I think the topping was incredibly easy to make and as it is very sweet-would like to add some lemon juice and zest to cut through the sweetness a little. Having said that- my youngest daughter and husband loved it totally as is and have been really enjoying themselves. Made 24- about 2 inch square serves for us. Photo to be posted