Monday, December 30, 2019


Ahhhh!  We are down to our final two days of 2019!  I still find that so hard to believe!

We always host a little New Year's Eve party at our house so I'm taking down the last of the Christmas decorations today and trying to remember where all my normal decor goes.  I hate un-decorating after Christmas.  It's so sad!  My house always looks so plain and boring without twinkly lights.  I will throw out a few cheesy NYE decorations for the party though so at least I'll have that to tide me over before it really does ALL come down.  Sigh.

Every night is New Year's Eve
(Pretty darn accurate for a lot of us! #dontletmegetto3)

Anyway, I know a lot of you are going to be heading over to friends' and families' houses tomorrow night as well or hosting your own so I wanted to share an easy and delicious dessert recipe that is always a hit at parties in case you were looking!

Let me just say that I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything over here.  I've heard this called everything from Ooey Gooey Cake to Butter Cake to Neiman Marcus Bars.  Paula Deen has a famous recipe for it and serves it at her restaurants but it's been around way before her.  This recipe is all over the internet but it's one I grew up on (and you probably did too!) and we just called it Gooey Cake.  And it was my absolute favorite.

When I got married, my mom gave me her recipe and I made it for a while just as she did.  But then I came across a recipe on Pinterest a few years ago where they added in chocolate chips and I loved it!  So 9 times out of 10, this is the one I make now.  I love it cold and chewy but it's also great warm and melty. :)

So if you need something to bring to a party tomorrow night, here's the recipe for something that will be a hit!


1 box butter cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 16oz box of powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.  In a bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and melted butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat evenly into the bottom of the dish.

Beat cream cheese with the electric mixer until smooth; add eggs and vanilla.  
Carefully dump in your powdered sugar beat it into mixture. Then slowly pour in the melted butter and continue mixing until thoroughly combined.  Stir in your chocolate chips with a spoon.

Pour mixture over the crust and spread evenly.  Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Ovens will vary so be sure to start checking it at around 35-40 minutes. (Mine takes about 43 minutes.) You want the center to still be a little gooey and wiggly and the top to be golden.  Let cool completely before cutting or it's going to get messy.

I always sprinkle powdered sugar over the top before I cut them.  These are delicious served warm from the oven but I love them cold as well.  They get super chewy but still have that "gooey" center.


And since we're talking about New Year's Eve, if you haven't seen the movie New Year's Eve before, it is a MUST WATCH!  It's one of my favorite movies ever.  It will get you in the NYE spirit if you aren't quite there yet! ;)  The perfect NYE movie if you're staying in.

So that's it for 2019!  I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year!!  See you in 2020!




  1. Well this looks delicious! We're having some friends over on NYE and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great minds think alike! I baked an ooey gooey butter cake for Christmas dessert. I had to send the leftover cake home with my son because I would have eaten every delicious morsel! Maybe I will add chocolate chips next time because sugar and chocolate are always delicious together!

  3. Can this be made with a gluten free yellow cake mix? Or any suggestions to make it for a GF friend birthday?

    1. I’m sure it can be made with GF cake mix! But I honestly have no clue about anything involving gluten!

    2. Anonymous4:49 PM

      yes it can be made with gf mix

  4. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Can this be made with a gluten free yellow cake mix or any suggestions to make GF fir friend’s birthday?


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