Easy Spice Bars With Cream Cheese Topping

by Alli

Fall is the favorite time of the year for many people. The color orange is everywhere and pumpkin spice rules. Seasonal treats arrive on the scene and football is king. Easy Spice Bars are the perfect fall treats to get you in the mood for all things autumn. 

Easy Spice Bars With Cream Cheese Filling

Because I’m a summer girl, sometimes it takes me a while to get in the fall spirit. There’s nothing like baking spice bars to get me there in a hurry. The house smells like fall while these bars are baking. My mind naturally turns to pumpkin patches, hayrides, and of course, football. 

These spice bars are perfect to snack on while watching the big game. They’re great to eat before or after a morning of apple picking. The ooey-gooey filling is out of this world good!  

If fall finds you raking leaves, these bars are a great motivation to get going so you can have a snack later.

Spice Bars

These Bars Are So Easy to Make

Easy Spice Bars begin with two boxed spice cake mixes. The cake mixes are combined with butter and an egg and pressed down into a 9×13 baking pan. These bars are made similar to my favorite lemon squares.

Then, a  cream cheese filling is mixed together, poured over the crust and baked. That’s how easy this recipe is.

In my opinion, cream cheese makes everything better and these easy spice bars taste like fall to me.

Spice Bar Recipe

Easy Spice Bars

Stir together the cake mixes, butter, and an egg. 

Step One - Ingredients for Spice Bars

Press the mixture into an ungreased 13×9 baking dish.

Press Cake Mixture Into Baking Pan

To make the filling, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract. 

Pour the filling over the dough. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack and enjoy. 

Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Filling

Easy Spice Bars

Easy Spice Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Easy Spice Bars begin with two spice cake mixes. A cream cheese filling is added before baking. These bars are so good!


  • 2 boxes (15.25 oz. each) spice cake mix
  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cake mixes, melted butter, and egg until combined. Press dough into the baking pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  4. Pour the filling over the cake mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 55mgSodium 422mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 1gSugar 37gProtein 3g

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Amber Myers September 16, 2019 - 8:22 am

I know I’ll love these! I tend to gobble up everything with cream cheese frosting 😉 I need to make these with my daughter one evening.

Tasheena September 16, 2019 - 11:27 am

I know my family is going to love this recipe. I love that it looks super easy to make.

Sarah Bailey September 16, 2019 - 12:30 pm

You had me at the word easy. These sound like they would be absolutely delicious to taste, I need to try and make some for myself ASAP.

Melissa Chapman September 16, 2019 - 12:54 pm

I am also a summer person but these bars seem like a great way to usher in the new season. I do not bake too often but these look like a good reason to start.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 16, 2019 - 6:09 pm

Fall is my fave time of year too. I love these spice bars. The cream cheese frosting would be my favorite part to be honest!! Delicious!!

Chef Dennis September 16, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Yes, Fall season is such a wonderful time of the year! I am so loving this Spice Bars especially the cheese topping. Can’t wait to have them.

Bonnie G September 16, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Yum! Those look really good! What a perfect time of the year to make these. I have never tried spice bars before. Can’t wait to try these.

Pam September 16, 2019 - 6:58 pm

I love desserts like this for fall. The weather doesn’t seem to be getting any cooler yet but I am certainly in the mood for these spice bars.

Pamela Jessen September 16, 2019 - 8:10 pm

I love the way the top of this dessert crackles!! I baked them up yesterday and wow, were these bars ever delicious.

My hubby took some to work today, and I have a feeling I’ll be asked to bake a batch for him to take to work for sharing! What a great snack!!

Beth September 16, 2019 - 8:41 pm

My family loves spice cake and I bet these taste even better than cake. I’ll have to make this soon!

Terri Steffes September 16, 2019 - 10:09 pm

I’m a sucker for things that start with a cake mix. These bars look amazing. I need to make them for my gathering in a couple of weeks.

Ruth I September 17, 2019 - 6:49 am

This looks absolutely fantastic! It will be perfect paired with a hot brewed coffee. What an amazing recipe.

Lynndee September 17, 2019 - 9:06 am

They look so easy to make indeed. And I bet they are as delicious as they look too. Got to grab the ingredients later and make those bars.

Rachel September 17, 2019 - 11:23 am

This looks so simple and easy to make. I am sure it will be delicious.

Rena September 17, 2019 - 12:42 pm

They look delicious! I bet it makes the house smell amazing! I’m going to try them this weekend!

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations September 17, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Oh my god, that top layer of the cake looks so good!!! I’m going to give this a whirl, they looks so delectable.

Tiffany La Forge-Grau September 17, 2019 - 5:29 pm

I would love to dry these out! They look delicious and easy to bake!

Marysa September 18, 2019 - 8:51 pm

These sound like a fun dessert to make. I would love to make these with the kids. Now that fall is here, I have been wanting to do some baking!


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