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  1. Jennifer, I’m 66 years old and have made these bars for the last 40 years. I’ve always used butter in the filling/top part of these. I think with out the butter you would be cooking cream cheese icing with eggs. Just my opinion.

    1. I agree with you! I put butter in both the top part and the crust and it’s sooo good! Spring is the perfect time to make them too.

  2. 5 stars
    Went by your exact instructions and it came out great! Don’t understand why others have had issues. I think pie filling would be really good on top of this with a little whipped cream.

  3. The instructions call for 1/2 cup melted butter in the filling. Cake was soupy. I looked at all the other similar recipes and none call for the butter in the filling. Ruined my granddaughters birthday cake.

    1. The 1/2 cup of melted butter in the filling is correct. The Pioneer Woman, Paula Deen, and many others include butter in their filling in a Gooey Butter Cake. We always make it with butter in the filling and it’s delicious! You probably needed to bake your cake longer or check the oven temp if it was still soupy. Sorry it didn’t turn out.