Here’s a traditional gooey bar that uses a cake mix for its base. I’ve added pecans to the cake mix layer as I love the texture of cheese cake with an added crunch.
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 4 large eggs, divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs. Pat into a 9×13-inch pan. Evenly press chopped pecans into batter.
In a clean bowl, mix cream cheese, remaining 2 eggs, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar. Pour over cake layer.
Bake 35-40 minutes; cool completely before cutting.