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Easy Butter Bars

Easy Butter Bars

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  • Makes: 36 servings
  • Yield: 36 bars
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Bake 25 mins

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Made with cake mix, butter, and cream cheese, these gooey, rich bars go together in a flash.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 package 2-layer-size yellow or white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon butter flavoring (optional)
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Sugared cranberries (optional)
  • Fresh mint sprigs (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. Pat into the bottom of the pan; set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, the 2 eggs, and butter flavoring, if you like, and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until well combined. Spread on top of crust in pan.
  4. Bake the bars in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the filling is set and golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. (The filling will fall when its cooled.) Cut into the bars. Garnish with cranberries and fresh mint leaves, if you like.

Nutrition Facts

(Easy Butter Bars)

Servings Per Recipe 36, carb. (g) 23, sodium (mg) 143, chol. (mg) 32, cal. (kcal) 154, Fat, total (g) 7

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