Southern Chess Squares are so wonderfully buttery, sweet and rich. People rave about them whenever I bring them to potlucks.
These dessert bars are so easy to make with a box of cake mix. They are very similar to Gooey Butter Cake, just with a little less butter.
Southern Chess Squares consist of two simple layers. A cake mix crust with chopped pecans topped with a buttery cream cheese layer combine to make one scrumptious bar. Together they are fabulously sweet. If you do not have an extreme sweet tooth, they may not be for you. And because they are so sweet, they are best cut into little squares.
How to make Southern Chess Squares:
- In a large bowl mix together a box of yellow cake mix ( I use Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines), a cup of unsalted butter that has been melted and 1 egg. Mix in 1 cup of chopped pecans and press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan lined with parchment paper.
If you don’t have parchment paper, spray the baking dish with baking spray or butter and flour it.
- Next use an electric mixer to beat 2 8-ounce blocks of softened cream cheese together with a 1-pound box of powdered sugar. It’s easiest if you beat the cream cheese by itself briefly and then mix in the powdered sugar in 3 or 4 additions.
- Once smooth, beat in 2 eggs and pour the mixture over the crust. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before slicing. Told you it was easy!
Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator and they taste great cold or at room temperature.
Next time you have to bring something to a potluck, whip up this classic southern treat and be prepared to have people ask you for the recipe.
If you like Chess Squares, try these Chess Pie recipes:
Southern Chess Squares
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 16 ounces powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, melted butter and egg until mixed well. You can do this by hand or with a mixer. Stir in pecans.
- Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour filling over crust.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until filling is set.
- Cool before cutting into squares.
Recipe Source: allrecipes.com
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