These ooey-gooey bars are buttery and a little spicy and they actually get better the next day! They have a satisfying chewy texture and are delicious warm or cold. I prefer them slightly warmed in the microwave the day after making them.
These bars might remind you of bread pudding. However, unlike bread pudding, this dessert can be cut into bars and hold its shape.
The crust for this recipe uses a cake mix as the base so it mixes up easily without a mixer. The filling will need a mixer to blend. However, if your cream cheese is soft enough you can beat it by hand, just make sure it is all blended very well.
The pecans on top are optional. I think these bars are just as good without the pecans so the choice is yours!
Bake these bars until they are a golden brown. When you remove them from the oven the middle will jiggle. That jiggle is what makes the bars ooey gooey!
To prolong the freshness of these bars, store them in the refrigerator. If you prefer them warm, just pop a serving into the microwave and heat for about 15 seconds.