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Chess Squares

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Chess Squares are a Southern Staple made using 5 simple ingredients which are a cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs, and sugar. Gooey and delicious!

Allow me to introduce you to chess squares…

A simple, no-fuss recipe that comes together quickly with a little bit of assistance from a few items that you can purchase at any grocery store. This recipe is mistake-proof and produces the most delicious, moist, gooey, chewy squares that you’ve ever had. 

The first time that I was introduced to this recipe was at a church function and it is probably a southern staple that has made an appearance in many places simply because it is so delicious. 

Trust me, you do not want to pass this recipe by!

What are Chess Squares made of?

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar, also known as confectioners sugar

How Do You Make Chess Squares?

The recipe begins by preheating the oven to 300 degrees F. and spraying a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Make the crust first by using a medium bowl to mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and one egg until it forms a soft dough. 

Evenly press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. 

Next, using the same bowl or an electric mixer, combine the powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and two remaining eggs to make the cream cheese mixture. Mix until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour on top of the prepared crust.  

Place in the preheated oven and bake at 300 degrees F. for about 40-50 minutes or until the top is puffy and golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting. 

Tips for Making the Best Chess Squares:

  • Melt the butter and allow it to come to room temperature before using in the recipe. 
  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before beginning the recipe for easier mixing. 
  • Make the crust by stirring in a bowl with a spoon. 
  • Make the cream cheese mixture with an electric mixer.
  • Allow the chess squares to cool completely before cutting. 

Can You Freeze Chess Squares?

Yes, chess squares can be stored in the freezer up to 1 month. Cut into squares and place in an airtight container or freezer bag before placing in the freezer. 

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Chess Squares

Easy Chess Squares – A Southern Staple made using only 5 simple ingredients which are cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs, and sugar. This recipe creates a dessert that is so Good and Sweet that you must give it a try!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chess bars, chess squares
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 467kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar (less if you want it to be less sweet)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Using a medium bowl, mix the cake mix, melted butter, and one egg together until it forms a soft dough and then press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. This will make your first layer and crust.
  • Using the same medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and the two remaining eggs until smooth, about 1 to 2 mins. Pour on top of the prepared crust.
  • Place into the preheated oven and bake at 300 degrees F. for about 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 7 days.

Notes

  • Melt the butter and allow it to come to room temperature before using in the recipe. 
  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before beginning the recipe for easier mixing. 
  • Make the crust by stirring in a bowl with a spoon. 
  • Make the cream cheese mixture with an electric mixer.
  • Allow the chess squares to cool completely before cutting. 
  • May store in the freezer in a freezer bag up to 1 month. 
*Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam Garrett
    April 11, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    These look delicious. My grandmother used to make chess pie and it was everyone’s favorite. I will certainly try these soon.

    • Reply
      admin
      April 12, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Thank you Pam. They are quite delicious and this recipe is so easy.

  • Reply
    Marta
    September 4, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    5 stars
    This is probably the only “chess” I’ll ever be a whiz at…eating! LOL!! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:30 AM

      It is the best chess to be a whiz at LOL!!

  • Reply
    Tamara J.
    September 5, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    5 stars
    These are my dads all time favorite! Such a timeless recipe, and still so delicious!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:29 AM

      Your dad has good taste and I cannot agree with you more!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    September 5, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    5 stars
    Love chess squares!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM

      Yes!! They are the best!!

  • Reply
    SHANIKA
    September 6, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    5 stars
    I’ve never had Chess Squares but I’m loving the sound of this gooey sweet treat! Looks amazing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM

      Thank you, they are so delicious!

  • Reply
    Aly Michell
    September 6, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    I love anything with cream cheese, so you have my attention! I love that it looks so easy to make too.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:20 AM

      Thank you Aly! It is so easy to make!

  • Reply
    Kenya Rae
    September 7, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    5 stars
    I never heard of this but my god I am glad you introduced us. Adding this to my dessert list to make real soon!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 8, 2019 at 10:20 AM

      Thank you! You won’t regret it.

  • Reply
    Aline
    September 9, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    5 stars
    Oh my! I never heard of chess squares but they look so good I need to try these!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 9, 2019 at 8:53 PM

      Thank you! Please do give them a try!

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