White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

Happy April Fool’s Day. These are not a joke. They are 100% real.

Really sinful and easy. Just the way I like my desserts.

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars - Chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips & filled with cream cheese! Fast, easy & foolproof!

What we’re working with here is a base layer of Devil’s Food Cake chocolate cake.

Topped with white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips.

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars - Chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips & filled with cream cheese! Fast, easy & foolproof!

A can of sweetened condensed milk is mixed with cream cheese and poured over the top. While baking, the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese turns into an ooey, gooey hot mess.

The top layer resembles cream cheese frosting in that it doesn’t fully set up which helps to keep these so chewy and velvety. As an added bonus, that layer creates built-in frosting, so you don’t have to bother with that step because to serve unfrosted bars would be a cruel April Fool’s joke.

The cake rises a bit while baking, pushing up from the bottom of the pan. The layers stay separated yet combine just enough to make each bite full of chocolate cake and chocolate chips and sweetened cream cheese.

The cake is chewy, some chocolate chips remain crunchy while others melt, and the cream cheese is smooth. I love lots of different textures in each bite.

Make the chocolate cake layer part by mixing cake mix, an egg, and a stick of butter. Press it firmly into the pan. It will be sticky and a little tricky to work with, but just keep pressing and finessing it.

Make sure to wash your hands afterward so no one thinks you were playing in the dirt. No, silly, you were playing in the chocolate cake. Again.

Top the cake layer with the white and dark chocolate chips.

And then flood it with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese.

It looks soupy and like there is perhaps too much liquid and how could that all bake off and get soaked up, but it does, and it all works out. Very well.

The top layer of cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk remains just a little soft and gooey, a bit loose and unset.

The inside of the bars definitely remain soft and gooey.

These taste like chocolate cake, not brownies, and are an extremely moist and rich cake at that.

I despise dry baked goods and two kinds of melted chocolate, a stick of butter, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a slab of cream cheese tend to keep things moist and full of flavor.

These bars are not over-the-top sweet.

Over the top rich and decadent? Yes.

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars - Chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips & filled with cream cheese! Fast, easy & foolproof!

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White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

Yield: 9x13-inch pan, 18 to 24 bars

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: about 24 to 27 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

1 box devil's food cake chocolate cake mix (or your favorite boxed chocolate cake mix)

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (bourbon vanilla is especially nice)

1 to 2 tablespoons cold brewed coffee or water, optional if necessary

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened (I use whipped cream cheese)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear imitation vanilla extract will keep this layer whiter)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9-by-13 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla and mix either with a mixer, with a spoon, or with your hands, kneading it together. The batter will be extremely thick and will be difficult to combine, but keep stirring or use your fingers and knead it together, adding the coffee (will deepen the flavor and does not make them taste like coffee) or water if necessary. Press the dough it into the prepared pan. It will be tacky, sticky, and a bit tricky to work with, but keep pressing, spreading, and finessing it. Sprinkle the white and dark chocolate chips evenly over the top.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and stir until well combined, and pour mixture evenly over dough, using a spatula to gently spread and even it if necessary.

Bake for 24 to 27 minutes, or until edges of bars begin to barely brown and pull away slightly from the sides of the pan, or until the middle has barely set, taking care not to overbake. Note that the middle will not seem very well set and will be jiggly upon removing from oven and that is okay, you want to keep these gooey. They will continue to set up more after they have cooled. Allow bars to cool well before slicing and serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.

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146 Responses to “White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars”

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — April 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    What? No nuts in chocolate or desserts? I actually love nuts in just about anything. One of my fave treats is white chocolate bark with almonds and cranberries. Maybe it’s a texture thing for me.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Nuts in cookies, cake, brownies…no way. In barks, or in certain kind of no-bake truffle balls…it’s a case by case basis.

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    Erica — April 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I have fallen for them….but I try my hardest not to! These bars look FABULOUS. I don’t like nuts in baked goods at all! I need to get more of those TJs chocolate chips

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    kris (everyday oats) — April 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

    mMmm. i could use a nice big bite of that cake bar :p cream cheese + chocolate is one of my favorite combos.
    I’m right there with ya! – until the day where our skies are not blue, i’m a chocolate lover. the darker the chocolate the better! but i won’t be picky..

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Averie you come up with THE BEST desserts!! And I love how you use simple, non-intimidating ingredients. I am definitely keeping these bars bookmarked for my next party or social gathering!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Thank you! That is my GOAL. To make it do-able and easy for the average person…most people don’t want to buy exotic ingredients and slave over things. They want mainstream and easy :) These are that!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    omg awesome! Just pinned these! Hope you had a good weekend! I worked all weekend UGHHH

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      your smores bars and these bars…we need to have a chocolate gooey party :)

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    Cassie — April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    No joke, for sure. I love all of the different layers!

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    J @ ... semplicemente j ... — April 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I love nuts by themselves, but not in desserts …

    I do not like April Fool’s jokes … just heard my daughter’s friend as they left for spring break thinking to play a real cruel joke on her parents … the only funny thing of the whole story is that the parents present (myself and another dad), yelled in unison … don’t do THAT!

    I was never a lover and will never be a lover of jokes … I love laughter that comes spontaneously … no planning needed.

    on another note … these bars look amazing … I need to get my act together and hop into the kitchen! Have a great Sunday Averie!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I know a woman who tells her mother every year she’s pregnant! Her justification is that her mom should know it’s coming by now because she does it every year. Whoa.

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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — April 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    wow – so rich and decadent looking!!

    so glad i won your giveaway!! :) thanks again for hosting it!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      you’re welcome & enjoy! Thanks for sending over your address!

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    Nicole — April 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Believe it or not, I have no sweet tooth but if I was going to eat chocolate, it would be dark.
    My college roommates played a joke on me on April Fools and I was not amused at the time. I did a very harmless prank on my b-f today. We got a chuckle out of it!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    These bars are making my mouth water! Love them!

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    Joy — April 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’m not a chocolate fan (but I like white chocolate)
    I played a “joke” on my husband today but it was harmless I put blue food coloring in his milk (I drink almond he drinks cow) he was like what the ____ and then giggled

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    Sue/the view from great island — April 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Seriously, these are the most tempting photos Ive seen in a long time, I could barely make it through the end of the post!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Sue I fell in love with your site and recipes and photography today. I added you to my reader so I can keep up with your goodies because you are one to watch! :)

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    Christi @ Love From The Oven — April 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    1. These look beyond amazing.
    2. Can I just come live with you? I’ll do all the dishes. I promise.
    3. I love love LOVE that your photography has such an amazing and unique feel. It’s stunning, but there is something else, the way you work with light – and I love that when I’m on Pinterest or Google Images, when I see your photos, I know they are your work instantly. Kuddos, you have some mad photography skills girlfriend and we all know that is not easy. Keep up the amazing work. :)
    4. Have a great week!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Seriously, this comment made my DAY!!! Christi, you are too kind!

      You don’t have to do the dishes, just come to San Diego and give me a tutorial on how you frost your cupcakes so PERFECTLY. I need major help with piping bags. Seriously, I am just all thumbs with them!

      And your compliments re my photography are seriously too kind. I am glad I have a signature “look”. I don’t know if I always like it…lol. There are a few people who’s “look” I covet and no matter how I try to get their look, I guess I have created my own. I guess I should embrace that…it’s like wanting someone else’s hair. You always want what is elusive!

      Love ya hon!
      xo

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    Carole @ The Sweet Chick — April 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Ooh. These look amazing…the photography and the bars!!!

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    Marina@Picnic at Marina — April 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I was drooling over this post, it so good! I fell in love with Nutella (dangerous!), after about I’d say 5 years of Nutella-free home, I got one jar for my husband as he is getting ready for 18 hours test: 2 days, 9 hours each day, 1 minute per question. Can you imagine what is going on in his head?! So I got him the Nutella, and we all ate it in two days, mostly me and teenager…:)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Well good luck to him and I fell in love with Nutella when I was 10 years old at camp and a girl had it. Life’s never been the same since!

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      • Marina@Picnic at Marina replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Thank you Averie, he needs it. We had to cut on all sweets, including Nutella, about 5 years ago when we started to gain weight. For husband it was a little easier, well, it looked that way to me: he was able to get to his normal weight through portion control and food. For me it is still a journey, I did loose a lot, and for that I had to change my lifestyle, which I enjoy. Took me some time though…:) I don’t know how you can stay so slim with all those goodies around you?! Do you have a secret?! :)

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    Paula — April 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    You keep coming up with the greatest layered bars–I love the white and dark contrast!! I’ve never met any chocolate I didn’t like but the darker the better for me. The sea bass was wonderful, especially with the relish! I would never have thought to put dill in with oranges but I’m glad I tried it. That will go into the fish rotation!

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    Sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    i hate april’s fools jokes! i’m so gullible that someone gets me every time. on another note…. i think i just became more obsessed with your dessert recipe collection, averie. these look AMAZING! i love short cuts, especially when i can use cake mix :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 1st, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Some people call it a shortcut, I call it a way of life :) I mean, who has time to make a chocolate cake from scratch, only to use it IN a (homemade) dessert recipe. Most people just buy a box of donuts from Dunkin’ if that’s the case :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Oh man, my mouth is watering. I told my husband about your newest creation and he said can you make it for me. I guess I know what I’ll be making this week! This looks so good!!!!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — April 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Anything with sweetened condensed milk has my heart – these look incredible! I love dark chocolate, and only really like nuts in desserts if I’m eating chocolate covered almonds :) I’m so not a fan of April Fool’s pranks, or really pranks in general…although I won’t deny participating in my fair share in elementary and high school :P

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — April 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    These sound simply amazing dessert queen! And who doesn’t like chocolate? April Fool’s Day is only fun on a weekday at work for me because of the idiocy that goes on, it’s kind of lame on a weekend when I’m not pranking anyone. But I’ve been having fun checking out online pranks.

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    Michele Sparrow — April 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    YES!! Another awesome bar recipe! I do like chocolate: white being the fav. I have all these ingredients…think the boys would love these for a snack tomorrow? I am thinking….YES!! :-)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — April 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I loooooove chocolate but not too dark. I could take or leave April fools.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 2, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Wow, these bars are PACKED with tons of fun goodies! I’m seriously at a loss for words. All I know is that I want one now, at 1:06AM! :)

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 2, 2012 at 4:05 am

    You had me at chocolate…and cheesecake. Oh, my!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thank you for pinning so many of my recipes, too. You are SUCH a sweetheart! I still have your perfect (easy) cupcakes on my radar screen to make one of these days, too!

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    Clinton — April 2, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Oh man… so much chocolate!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 2, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Hubba hubba! These looks like they would be stuck in my teeth for a long time and in a very good way. You are officially, in my book, the queen of outrageous desserts!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — April 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    these are amazing Averie! Beautiful photos as always and I can just picture how gooey these would be. Delicious and making me want sweets on this Monday morning!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thanks for the photography compliments and yes, they are soooo gooey!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    There is certainly no joke about these! They look incredible! So gooey and delicious!

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    Kristen — April 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Oh my goodness, girl. These look sinful in a very very good way!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thanks so much, Kristen, and thanks for the pin. The desserts you make always have me drooling!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Um, yeah. These are my kind of dessert for sure. FOR SURE!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Shelly. You seriously make the BEST desserts ever and I want to repin everything of yours I see!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    oh girl these are fabulous!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life — April 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Ooooh yum! SO glad these aren’t a joke, they just look divine!

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — April 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Another fabulous recipe from Averie! You are going to be the hit at Skyler’s school! All of these desserts are perfect for classroom parties etc. I use to make a big batch of cookies for the class parties, but making 25 cookies is a pain. I’ve now realized it’s much easier to make a big pan of something and then divide it up!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 am

      If I brought these to her school, they wouldn’t let me out of the parking lot. They have a STRICT no sugary treats rule, period. Even on bdays. You can bring carrot and veggie sticks with dip, a healthy muffin, or popsicles. No cake, no cookies, nothing even the least bit treat-like. It’s a bit overkill for me personally but I guess the other parents must like it.

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    Amber K — April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    White chocolate will forever be the best chocolate there has ever been or ever will be. I want some now! ;)

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    Krissy's Creations — April 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Loving these Averie! Especially that the are ooey-gooey and have built in frosting!

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    Bree — April 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These look amazing!

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    marla — April 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    If I could sleep with these I would. Every single night. Amazing recipe Averie :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      These are your kind of dessert I think…not super sweet and full of dark chocolatey-ness :)

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    Annie — April 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Just wanted to say that I just about died when I saw the first pic to this recipe. Only these bars would have resuscitated me!

    (P.S. *LOVE* recipes that include boxed cake. Creative!)

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    Colleen — April 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Holy crap I’m so obsessed with your indulgent, rich, multi-layered bars. At Christmas my sister made several Nutella-swirl pound cakes that probably weighed about ten pounds per loaf… these remind me of those. Of course she was the reason I gained 5 pounds… Great photography and baking :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 2nd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Multi-layered bars are the only way to go…you get like 2-3+ desserts in one that way :) The textures, the flavors, I need that all going on. Your sister’s ten-pound poundcakes sound about perfect!

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    Luv What You do — April 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is the week of the brownie!
    I just made my first batch of Slutty Brownies (amazing!!!), have seen a few wonderful brownie blog recipes, and am about to use a brownie mix to make fudge.

    Great week!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t like AF’s day pranks. It can go out of hands at times.

    But not that delicious cake bars. That is something I would devour day and night. SO yummy!!!!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — April 4, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I didn’t see this until now! I have something super similar on my blog today except made with brownies instead of cake. Oh how we love our white chocolate! :)

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    Jay — April 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    saw these on Pinterest… oh gosh they look good :) adding to my little “to-do” list!

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    speckate — July 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I’m so disappointed to see so many recipes using a box mix. They are full of chemicals and nasty things. The baked goods look good, and I’d love to try these if they were from scratch.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — July 15th, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Then just make your own pastry dough, thick sugar cookie dough, or some kind of basic but dense dough using egg, flour, sugar, butter, baking powder or soda, or whatever kind of ingredients for a dough base that are in line with the way you cook and eat and then add the other layers. Not hard to do; just an extra step – and I’d prefer to crack open a box but to each her own.

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    Amelia — July 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I am so excited to make these for my staff meeting. You know what I think would be a delicious addition to them? Raspberries. Or strawberries. But mostly raspberries… mmmmmmmm.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — July 17th, 2012 at 9:49 am

      LMK how they turn out and yes, raspberries, cherries, strawberries…any of them with chocolate + cream cheese = can’t go wrong!

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      • Amelia replied: — July 28th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Also, I think I might try the strawberry cream cheese substitution for part of it again. Sounds pretty good to me!

        • Amelia replied: — August 7th, 2012 at 5:57 am

          So Averie, I did make these for the cookout with strawberries and a subbed in a bit of strawberry cream cheese for my staff’s cookout (Grillfest as we call it.) I won best dessert! Your site might get a couple extra hits. :)

          • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — August 7th, 2012 at 6:00 am

            Great! What’s my prize? A million dollars? :)

            Glad they were a hit!

            • Amelia replied: — August 8th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

              Haha, I got a little certificate… maybe I could add your name on it. :p

              Other than that it’s just an intrinsic reward! Lol

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    Good Food Good Friends — July 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Oh those look so sinful!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 25, 2012 at 4:48 am

    omg these rock!

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    Kelsey — October 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Averie!
    Just re-posted these on my blog. Hands down one of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever had (and this is coming from a girl who eats A LOT of desserts). Linked back to your original recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    http://sprinklesandtoast.com/2012/10/chocolatecheesecake.html

    Kelsey

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — October 5th, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for linking back to it! I really appreciate that :)

      And I am so glad to hear it was one of the best ever for you. I love desserts and am highly picky about what I deem good and not. And those are good – and…EASY! and fast!

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    Lalaine Rb — October 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thank you SO much for this recipe!!! I made a batch of this for this Thanksgiving weekend. I was such a big hit, family requested that I make more. I’m making 4 more batches right now, adding shredded coconut on if them. :)

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    Cheryl Diamond — March 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    How do you stay so slim, while baking all of the time? I love your recipes and plan on making this one for Easter.

    Thank you.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 6th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Moderation! A piece, not a whole pan. :) Glad you like the recipes!

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