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Brown Butter Cake Bars

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These deliciously sweet brown butter bars are made with a yellow cake mix and a cream cheese topping! You only need a small bite of these Ooey Gooey Brown Butter Bars so the recipe serves many!




  • 1- 15.25oz Box Yellow Butter Cake Mix
  • 4oz (1/2 Cup/1 Stick) Unsalted Butter, browned (How to make Brown Butter)
  • 1 Large Egg, at room temperature


  • 1-8oz block cream cheese completely softened to room temperature
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 360 Grams (3 Cups) Confectioners Sugar/ Powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and line a 9X9 pan with foil and grease, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cake mix, brown butter, and egg, mix until fully combined. Press into prepared pan, I like to use a spatula to help me get an even layer. 


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat cream cheese for 2 minutes, add in eggs and vanilla extract beating until combined. Add in powdered sugar, beat until combined. Pour batter on top of crust and bake for 40-45 minutes, you want the middle to be set but still a bit jiggly. Let cool completely before cutting.


Recipe Adapted From Tablespoon

Keywords: cake mix recipe, brown butter cake bars

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