I'm pretty sure my obsession with anything cherry limeade is bordering on unhealthy...but here we go again! ;) I hardly ever use cake mixes anymore but for this recipe - and traditional ooey gooey butter bars - I'll make an exception. I took the traditional recipe for ooey gooey butter bars, but added a box of cherry jello to the base and some lime zest and juice to the cream cheese layer. Oh man! If you like ooey gooey butter bars and/or cherry limeades you should definitely give this recipe a try. It's quick, easy, and delicious - perfect for summer! And it really does taste like a cherry limeade. Enjoy!
Ooey Gooey Cherry Limeade Bars
for the base:
1 box white cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1 (3 oz) box cherry jello (unprepared)
for the cream cheese layer:
8 oz cream cheese (or neufchatel cream cheese)
zest of 2 small-medium limes
juice of 1 small lime
4 cups powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
2. In large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, eggs, and cherry jello. Stir until combined. (You could use a mixer for this if you wanted.) Pour into prepared pan.
3. In separate bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add in zest, juice, and eggs, and beat until fully combined. Pour over cake mix layer.
4. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are lightly brown but center is not completely set. Serve room temperature or cold (I prefer mine straight from the fridge).
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