5 Ingredient Southern Chess Squares



These delicious Chess Squares are a Southern Staple made using 5 basic ingredients including boxed cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs, and sugar. So gooey and delicious!


– 1 box yellow cake mix (15.25 ounces) – 3 large eggs, divided – ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted – 4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar (less if you want it to be less sweet) – 8 ounce cream cheese, softened

The recipe begins by preheating the oven to 300 degrees F. and spraying a 9x13-inch (or 11x11) baking dish with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

Step #1

Begin preparing the crust first by using a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer to mix together the 15.25 ounce box of cake mix, ½ cup melted butter, and 1 large egg until it forms a soft dough.

Step #2

The dough will stick together onto itself and will be tacky. Place into the prepared baking dish and evenly press it into the bottom of the baking pan using clean hands.

Step #3

Using the same stand mixer bowl or large mixing bowl, add the 4 cups powdered sugar, 8 ounces softened cream cheese, and 2 remaining large eggs to make the cream cheese mixture. Mix the ingredients until smooth.

Step #4

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

Step #5

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