There are a few types of gooey butter bar (or as we say here in St. Louis, gooey butter cake) bakers: those who make yeasty cake-like gooey butter bars, those who prepare a “cheater” version made with cake mix and cream cheese, and those who bake a from-scratch version made with evaporated milk. I prefer the last option and, judging from the results of my informal Facebook survey, most of you prefer bars when they are covered in salted caramel!
Since I know you can’t all make it to St. Louis, I made you some salted caramel gooey butter bars here on the blog!!
My salted caramel gooey butter bars start with a buttery crust. That’s topped with a layer of salted caramel (follow the recipe to make it from scratch or save time and use store-bought caramel sauce). The caramel layer is covered in rich gooey butter filling and, once out of the oven, more caramel sauce may be drizzled on top.
I originally developed the gooey butter bar recipe for Go Bold With Butter and I took my commitment to using real butter seriously. These gooey butter bars are super rich and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I always start snack time by putting just half of a bar on my plate, somehow convincing myself that I won’t need the other half. I end up reaching for the second half every time.