Gooey Butter Cake Bars
The challenge: Turn St. Louis's most famous sweet treat into a batch of bars.
Why This Recipe Works
Our unique Gooey Butter Cake Bars, which are based on a favorite St. Louis cake, top the charts with three layers of sweet goodness. The shortbread crust gives the bars structure and a slight crunch. Once stirred together and baked, this crust is the foundation for a whipped filling of butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Poured on top and baked on the upper oven rack, this filling transforms into two layers: a gooey, buttery middle layer and a perfectly cracked meringue-like top.