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Cranberry Gooey Butter Bars

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24
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With their sweet-and-tart flavor and ooey-and-gooey texture, these bars are easy to love and easy to make. To pull together a pan, you’ll only need 15 minutes of hands-on time, which makes them perfect for any holiday get-together (especially the ones that sneak up on you). And since they’re baked in a sturdy 13x9 pan, they’re easy to tote along. Keep a box of Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ yellow cake mix—the secret shortcut ingredient in this recipe—on hand and you’ll be able to pull off these cranberry-studded and powdered sugar-sprinkled bars whenever you need an easy and crowd-pleasing dessert.
Updated Sep 17, 2019
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Cake Base


  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries


  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, if desired


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir Cake Base ingredients until well blended. Press evenly in pan.
  • 3
    In another large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in 1/2 cup melted butter and the eggs, one at a time, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in cranberries. Pour and evenly spread batter into pan over cake base.
  • 4
    Bake 38 to 43 minutes or until golden brown and center is set. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 5
    When ready to serve, sprinkle 1 tablespoon powdered sugar over top. Using sharp knife, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, cleaning knife blade after each cut. Serve with whipped cream. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To make 2 cups whipped cream, place a medium deep bowl and beaters in freezer or refrigerator to chill. Place 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar in the bowl, and beat on low speed until mixture begins to thicken. Then, add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and beat on high speed until whipped cream forms soft peaks.
  • tip 2
    To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper, and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or just until softened.


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