Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe with Chocolate Chips – Lighter Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe- My Lighter Gooey Butter Cake Recipe-Guaranteed Hit!

My Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe is a lighter Gooey Butter Cake recipe but you can’t even taste the difference.  Remember, I’m about healthy easy recipes.  I can’t wait to share these Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars recipe because it really is my most popular pick up dessert and definitely a KITCHEN 101 recipe!  It is SIMPLE!  Whether you are cheering your favorite sport, packing up for a vacation or entertaining a holiday crowd, this is the sweet treat you want! My Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe from KITCHEN 101 (my easiest cookbook!) tops the list.

ooey gooey bars recipe popular dessert for my healthier ooey gooey butter cake recipe

Ooey Gooey Bars from KITCHEN 101

Here’s my amazing, simple Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe.  As I have said, it has probably been my most requested and all-time favorite bar cookie for all ages. Best of all, it’s so easy and quick.

Makes 48 squares

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In mixing bowl, beat together cake mix, butter, egg, and water until well mixed. Spread batter into prepared pan.
3. In mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour this mixture over batter in pan.
4. Bake 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool to room temperature and cut into squares.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 138, Calories from Fat 36%, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 112mg, Carbohydrates 21g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 17g, Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe Perfect Football Tailgating to Cocktail Parties


No matter what the occasion is, my rich Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars recipe that start with a cake mix, always get all the attention! I have had cocktail parties for judges at my home and it is almost embarrassing as these Ooey Gooey Bars from KITCHEN 101 get all the rage, beating out much more time consuming desserts! I am serious!!!

Young and old alike, love these delicious treats. In fact, I made them not long ago to bring to the hospital when someone was there and the nurses couldn’t get enough!  In KITCHEN 101, all freezer-friendly recipes are highlighted with a snowflake.   Most cookies freeze great. I freeze these Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars and I confess I  pull out for my sweet tooth cravings!

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars Nothing Fancy Melt in Your Mouth Goodness

Is it a cookie, is it a brownie? Its both and it will melt in your mouth! Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars definitely top my family’s all-time favorite. My pantry stocking tip is to keep these ingredients on hand at all times to whip them up at a moment’s notice. Whenever I needed to bring a treat, I know I can count on having these ingredients in my pantry to whip these yummy melt in your mouth Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe in no time and all.

This Happens All The Time with My Lighter Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

I recently was at my exercise class at the YMCA and a friend said I have to tell you a funny story.  She was at a party and everyone couldn’t get over how fabulous the dessert was. So, she asked for the recipe and was told that’s Holly Clegg’s Ooey Gooey Square recipe from her easy KITCHEN 101 cookbook! 

She snapped a photo and sent it to me.  Honestly, as you have heard me say, this recipes everyone LOVES and raves about.  This is my lighter version so it is better for you but always a simple success story for dessert!

All You Need For My Popular Ooey Gooey Bar Cookies

With everyday ingredients, this truly is my go-to bar cookie.  I have Kitchen Aid mixer because I cook so much but I realize most people are fine with a good hand mixer. With a nonstick rectangular pan that doesn’t warp, hand mixer and measuring cups you are good to go!

 Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware, Rectangular Pan   KitchenAid5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set

Make My Lighter Gooey Butter Cake Recipe with Dark Chocolate Chips

I try to trim all my recipes down and still keep them terrific!  Wait until you taste my lighter Gooey Butter Cake recipe!  I use less butter and egg whites to make it lighter but with  the same indulgent taste. Honestly, there’s no reason to make the full fat recipe when this lighter Gooey Butter Cake Recipe is just as good!!! Well,  I thought this recipe couldn’t get any better and then I used dark chocolate chip and dark chocolate is even better for you. The cream cheese filling with dark chocolate chips makes an unbeatable combination. I do admit whenever I make this recipe, I ALWAYS cut a piece hot out of the oven even thought it might be messy.  But, it is soooooooo good!

Get Festive With My Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe For Holidays

My Ooey Gooey Bars recipe from KITCHEN 101 makes a fun holiday recipe. All you have to do is just add orange food coloring to turn this yummy pick up into a Halloween Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe.  And, for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day use green green or red food coloring to the cream cheese layer!  I adapt this recipe all the time because it truly is everyone’s favorite dessert. And, best of all, my recipe is a lighter Gooey Butter Cake recipe!!Lighter gooey butter cake for ooey gooey butter cake recipe

Do You Have A Sweet Tooth But Want To Eat Better For You Desserts?

OK, I admit I have a sweet tooth.  Yes, I keep cookies in my freezer.  However, all my recipes from my famous Chocolate Italian Cream Cake to my oatmeal cookies are all healthier cookies.  My diabetic Peanut Butter Cookies has been mine and everyone’s favorite peanut butter cookie.  If you are preparing a sweet treat, be sure to check my recipes like my White Chocolate Cheesecake because they are so much better for you! You will find all your favorite trim and terrific desserts on my healthy food blog! However, they will be better for you but I PROMISE you won’t be able to taste the difference.  I can’t forget my simple recipe for my chocoholic friends is my Chocolate Cola Sheet CakeGive it a try!


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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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