Ooey Gooey Butter Jars

I’ve been obsessed with canning jars lately, and have seen so many cute recipes lately for desserts in jars.  I love the idea of using a small jelly jar for a dessert.  Hello, built-in portion control!  The other day I got the idea to convert one of my all-time favorite dessert recipes into a recipe for jars.

I’ve heard this recipe called many different things.  My grandma calls it Gooey Butter Cake.  I’ve heard it called Ooey Gooey Butter Bars, and even Texas Crack Cake.  Whatever it is, it’s delicious!

To adapt to jars, I first used the same exact recipe.  For the first layer, you mix together 1 package of yellow cake mix with 1 egg and 1 stick melted butter.  Pat the dough into the bottom 1/3 of 12 small jelly jars.

For your second mixture, mix 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 eggs and 2 cups powdered sugar together until creamy.  Pour this layer on top of the first layer, trying to leave at least 1/3 of the jar empty.  I did have a little extra of this mixture, but not too much, so I wouldn’t really know how to adjust the measurements to get the “perfect” amount.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar and cook 7 more minutes.

Look how cute!

I cannot personally attest to their yummyness because I am still not eating sweets, but everyone who ate one gave them rave reviews!

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5 Responses to Ooey Gooey Butter Jars

  1. L. G. Odom October 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Yes, they were too delicious! (I will bring the empty jar to the game tomorrow night.)

  2. Shiann October 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I think these look wonderful! What size is the jar? I know you said small jelly jar. I have never seen one this size. I think? Thanks!

    • Laura October 15, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      It’s a 4 oz. jar. Perfect for gift-giving jellies or apple butter! They’re the perfect size for these little desserts too! ;)

  3. Destini July 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Hey there! These look delicious…may I ask where you found those jars?


    • Laura July 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      I’m pretty sure I got them at Kroger. I think they’re 4 oz. jelly jars.

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