Gooey Butter Bars

For the base:
1 box yellow cake mix.
1 stick of margarine
1 egg.
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl with a fork until mixed together as thoroughly as possible. The texture of the mixture will be, well, bizarre. Dump into a greased 9"x13" pan, and press down with your hands. (If the mixture is extremely sticky, cover your hands with flour.)
For the gooey stuff:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 box (16 or so oz.) powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs.
Separate out about 1 Tbs. powdered sugar for later. In a large bowl, mix with an electric mixer the cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar while mixing (and I mean *slowly*, else you'll end up with a huge cloud of powdered sugar all over your kitchen!) When you're done mixing, the goo in the bowl should be nice and creamy.

Pour the gooey stuff over the base in the pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let stand to cool; the gooey stuff will appear all puffy, but will settle upon cooling. After about 10 minutes or so, sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbs. of powdered sugar over the top. Cool completely before serving.

rev. 10/95

David S. Carter