Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Recipe

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If you love snickerdoodles, then you will love these gooey cake bars! Even better? All you’ll need is one bowl to make them.
Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bars

Gooey cake bars are seriously life changing. Have you made them before? It’s like a layer of cheesecake sitting on top of a dense cookie-like cake bar.

These bars combine the cinnamon sugar of a snickerdoodle with the grand yumminess that is a gooey cake bar– it’s genius! Annnnnnnnnnd it’s another dairy-filled recipe that I accidentally face planted into. I know. #nursingmomprobs

Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bars

I could make these bars over and over again. They taste amazing, and they are SO easy to make (even though they look super fancy and labor intensive, they’re really not). All you’ll need is your one stand mixer bowl, and you can make both the cake layer and they gooey layer in that same bowl with no need to wash in between! Yay for less dish-washing! Can I get an AMEN?!

I hate dishes. Like, hate hate dishes.

But back to the point: these bars.

So good. Make them. Love them. The end.


Actually, not quite “the end.” What I really should have said was: make them. Love them. Buy this cookbook!

This Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bar recipe comes from this amazing cookbook written by my sweet friend, Jocelyn, who blogs over at Grandbaby Cakes. It is a beautiful, beautiful book written by an obviously beautiful and food-loving soul. It’s brimming with gorgeous and mouth watering cakes, like these…





It’s also full of sweet family photos that I just couldn’t get enough of. Like this precious one…



And my favorite page of the whole book?


Just inside the front cover. Isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen in a cookbook? A place to write the first generation to own this book! Jocelyn’s book is full of love and great recipes, and I loved it cover to cover.

So until you get your hands on Grandbaby Cakes, the cookbook (as you must!)– here’s a recipe to tide you over 🙂


Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bars

Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bars

Yield: 12-15

If you love snickerdoodles, then you will love these gooey cake bars! Even better? All you'll need is one bowl to make them.


Bottom Cake Layer:

  • 15.25 ounce box yellow or white cake mix
  • 2 larges eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Gooey Top Layer:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temp
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup butterscotch or white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x13 baking dish (you may additionally line with parchment paper).

In your stand mixer, whisk together the cake layer ingredients. Spread batter into the bottom of the baking dish.

Return the bowl to the stand mixer and add the sugar, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Fold in the chips.

Spread batter over the cake layer.

Bake for 30 minutes. Edges should look set and the center will still look underdone.

Let cool completely before serving.

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Snickerdoodle Gooey Cake Bars


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