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Chess Bars

You can’t go wrong with Chess Bars. They are the easiest and most delicious dessert that I have enjoyed in a long time! I am a host mom to a Berea College student, and he spent his thanksgiving with us this year. When I asked him what dessert he wanted me to have he said, “chess bars” so I did what any good host mom would do, and I made them.

I am so glad I did. The crust is a yellow cake mix, one egg and a stick of butter. Combined and press it into the bottom of a 9×13 glass casserole dish.

After your crust has been made then mix up the filling. This is 2 eggs, 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar and a block of cream cheese. That is, it!

Pour that on the crust and then put that into a pre-heated oven and bake. This is a really simple recipe that is out of this world delicious.

Here it is before it went into the oven. Now, I baked it in a 300-degree oven for 50 minutes. Be sure to watch your oven and don’t let it overcook. The top will be golden brown when it is done.

You do need to allow time to cool before you cut. I find them to be better 24 hours later so preparing them a day in advance before serving works well if you want to prep ahead.

Also, you can prepare this with a gluten free cake mix. I did and they tasted amazing.

Chess Bars

You can't go wrong with Chess Bars. They are the easiest and most delicious dessert that I have enjoyed in a long time!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:50 minutes


  • 1 medium sized bowl
  • 1 9x13x2 inch pan


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick salted butter, melted
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla, optional


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine 1 stick of melted butter, cake mix and egg (and vanilla if using).
  • Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13x2 inch pan. (grease with butter)
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix 2 eggs, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Pour over the crust.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden brown. Center will still be soft.
  • Cool completely before cutting into squares.


This is Kire's favorite dessert at Thanksgiving. You can make it with a gluten free cake mix or traditional. It is very rich and delicious.
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Melissa Jennings
Cost: $5

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  1. 5 stars
    These Chess Bars are AMAZING!!!!!!! I love them! I made them with a gluten free cake mix and noone even knew.

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