Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars

You may not want to try these Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars. I’m just giving you fair warning, once you try these ooey gooey bites of heaven, you won’t be able to stop. Just a little cake mix, some cream cheese, a pinch of butter(yeah right!) and you got one heck of a dessert!

Whip up these easy Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars in minutes!

My longtime girl friend, Miss Kenna Jane, brought these Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars to a work potluck many years ago. With one bite, I was hooked. I just had to have the recipe. I actually still have the piece of paper with her half written directions in my recipe book. There may have been a few times in the beginning, that I had to ask her what she meant for me to do when I would read the recipe. That’s because she wrote the recipe down from memory. That girl can cook!

The recipe is really simple and I no longer have to ask for clarification. After making this recipe a few times, you don’t even need to look at it anymore. That’s how easy these bars are to whip up.

These Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars are super easy to make and oh so delicious! We like to dive right in and eat them while still warm and the next day after they have been in the fridge.

Quick tip…if you just can’t wait (that’s me!) and have to cut while warm, use a plastic knife. It seems to slide through the bars easier than a regular knife.

Looking for another out of the box idea to use cake mix? Try my cake mix cookies! There are only 4 ingredients!

Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars are super easy to make and oh so delicious! Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars recipe!

Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars


  • 1 box yellow cake mix, 15.25 ounces
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound box powdered sugar, divided
  • 8 ounces chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg until it forms into dough. Press the dough mixture into a 9 x13 baking dish. Using a mixer, combine the cream cheese and remaining egg until smooth. Slowly and in batches, mix in 3/4 of the box of powdered sugar. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake dough evenly until completely covered. Sprinkle the pecans and powdered sugar over the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool before cutting. Eat and Enjoy!


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51 thoughts on “Ooey Gooey Pecan Cheesecake Bars

    • Jackie says:

      I’ve made this for 40 yrs. My sister in law gave me this recipe except she made it with a pound cake mix. It’s yummy either way. We ate it sometime as breakfast coffee cake. It’s great!

      • lacier77 says:

        Hey Jackie! It’s a no fail recipe and a crowd pleaser. I’ve never tried it with a pound cake mix. That would be delicious! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  1. Aviva says:

    Looks great! I just need to know what size cream cheese please and how much on the pecans. Thank you ????

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Aviva! I didn’t realize there were different sizes, sorry girl. 8 ounce package of cream cheese and the pecans are about 8 ounces. Thank you for stopping by!!!

  2. Christa Hailey says:

    I’d love to make this for our church anniversary celebration on Sunday! I am curious about how many cups or ounces a box of Powdered sugar is. I’ve only seen it in bags and don’t want to use the wrong amount. Thank you!

      • Shirley says:

        How about updating the web recipe to incorporate the needed quantities and instructions for the multiple questions that need those answers? ????

        • lacier77 says:

          Shirley, great minds think alike! I updated this post yesterday about the powdered sugar. I’ve never tried it with a different cake mix crust so I’m curious how it turns out from my readers. I would love the feedback. ????

          • Shirley Sorrell says:

            Hi Lacey..there were questions on many ingredients so virtually all need updated. Like -box of yellow cake mix..Jiffy makes a small 8oz box yellow mix, butter comes in 2 stick sizes, cream cheese comes in 2 pkg sizes, a bag of powdered sugar is not equal to a 1 # box of powdered sugar. Do you typically find 8 oz of pecans sufficient for the batter amount? Not being picky here, but depending on where one lives or has available, success with a recipe is dependant on the formula. Has super ingredients. Cheers!

          • lacier77 says:

            Hey Shirley! Thanks for the tips. I know this recipe by heart and just grab the ingredients…makes it hard to write out a recipe for someone else sometimes. I honestly didn’t realize you can buy sticks of butter in different sizes. Thanks for the help!!! I will make the necessary changes asap. Thanks girl! ????

          • Joanne says:

            I’ve made this for years until I tried it with a butter pecan cake mix. Haven’t gone back to a yellow cake mix since. It’s to die for!

  3. Caren Ross says:

    I want to try these! They will be so good! Do you happen to know how many cups is 3/4 box of powdered sugar is or how many cups is in a box? I only buy powdered sugar in the bag as it is more economical.

    • lacier77 says:

      Use 1 1/2 cups mixed with cream cheese and a half cup for dusting. Sorry about that…I’ve made this so much I don’t even measure anymore! ????

  4. PAT says:

    I have made these many times with a butter pecan cake mix , DELISH!!!!! We call them ooey gooey butter cakes. There are all kinds to make with different cake mixes and toppings like pumkin, love them all. I think this recipe came from Paula Deen. Love your site and God bless.

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Pat. Ooh, I’ll have to try a pumpkin one for sure. My girlfriend gave me this recipe to me about 15 years ago. Her family always made it. I’m guessing us southerners probably make a lot of the same things. Lol! Thank you sooo much and thanks for stopping by.

    • Phyllis F. Haislip says:

      Thank you, Pat! I was going to ask for an opinion about how it might turn out with a butter pecan mix instead of the yellow mix. I already have a butter pecan mix and would need to buy a yellow one.

  5. I make this also called ooey gooey pound cake. I use a pound cake from box. Use 2 eggs instead of 1 and pat the mix in the bottom of a 9 by 13 glass dish. then I mix 2 more eggs, 8 oz cream cheese and the same amount of powdered sugar. I dust the cake mix with cinnamon before putting on the cream cheese layer and then again on top. we bake it on 300 degrees for 10 minutes and take it out and then sprinkle the last of the powdered sugar on top with more cinnamon . I cook it 25 more minutes. It is so good. going to try chocolate chips in the next one. If you don’t want really goey on top cook for a few minutes more on 320. My oven doesn’t have a great temperature so I cooked it a few degrees higher. It turned out great!!! good with peaches and ice cream on top.

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Brenda! I’m so glad you stopped by! I love your take on this recipe! It’s a must on my to do list of recipes! I know my family would love this version! Thank you for sharing!❤️

  6. Helen says:

    Thanks for sharing this … think I’ll make it this week with my granddaughter. Question tho. Do you have to use a glass dish.? how bout a pan?? Thanks!!!

    • lacier77 says:

      Hi Helen! A pan would work just fine. The crust ends up like a soft chewy cookie. Have fun with your granddaughter!

  7. Lisa says:

    This sounds so good and easy! I’m definitely going to make this because I love cheesecakes! Thanks for the recipe!

    • lacier77 says:

      Hi Belinda! The box of powdered sugar I use is 16 ounces or 1 pound. 16 ounces dry is 2 cups. I hope that helps. Thank you for asking that question. I will update the recipe to make it Easy Peasy Pleasy…lol! I don’t even need the written recipe for this one anymore so I tend to write the recipe from the hip. Great question to keep me on my toes! Thank you so much for stopping by!

    • lacier77 says:

      Hi Paula! I always use salted butter when baking and cooking, Unless a recipe specifically calls for unsalted. Great question!

  8. Marie says:

    This is my sons favorite! His requested “Birthday cake”!
    Only thing I do different is chop 1 cup pecans in food processor and add to the crust mixture (cake mix, egg and butter).

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Theresa! I bet it would be good even if you only have a white cake mix. I’ve never tried it though, so let us know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Lynnnj says:

    I found out yellow cake mix comes in different weight depending on the brand. 1 brand is 18.5oz and 1 brand is 15.25oz. Which size do you use ?

  10. Lisa says:

    you mentioned 8 oz of pecans….when I googled the equivalent it comes up to 2 cup….is this a correct amount? that’s is alot of pecans

    • lacier77 says:

      Hey Lisa! Great question. I always have pecans on hand so I usually just pour as much as I like. In this case, I happen to have an 8 ounce bag in my pantry. You definitely need that much for a 13 x 9 pan of this gooey goodness. You can go less or more for your preference but I do recommend at least 8 ounces of chopped pecans.

  11. Denise Armstrong says:

    I’m in the process of making this now, it’s been 40 minutes and the cake mix on the bottom is still raw!!!!!

      • lacier77 says:

        I’m so sorry. This is a first for me so let’s see if we can figure out what is working. Did you mix just the bag of cake mix with 1 stick of melted butter and 1 egg? It should have formed a dough like a cookie dough. You would have had to use your hands to spread it in the bottom of the dish.

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