The Greatest Chess Bars EVER

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This wonderful recipe starts with a simple, yellow cake mix. This is the Trader Joe’s yellow cake mix – it is the first time I’ve used it, but I’ve heard wonderful things.

Chess bars are definitely in my top 5 desserts. I’m not prepared to list my top 5 – there are too many…although, my mom’s “better than sex” cake is definitely in that list, too. Chess bars have yellow cake, butter, and cream cheese….I mean how amazing. They literally melt in your mouth. The bottom layer is buttery and cakey; the top layer is moist and creamy. I rarely make these…if I did, I would probably be 200 lbs.

I am making these for a Thanksgiving dinner that my church is providing for some under-resourced in our community here in Chicago. I wanted to be sure it was something super yummy! (Don’t worry I already made some pumpkin pies, too!)

Bottom layer:

1 box yellow cake mix

1 egg

1 stick butter or margarine melted

(Mix these together, press into bottom of 9×13 inch greased pan)




Top layer:

1 lb powdered sugar

8 oz cream cheese (I used full fat…you can use low fat, but not fat free)

1 egg

(cream these together until very smooth, and pour on top of bottom layer)



Bake this at 350 for 45 minutes. Someone should make a ‘chess bar baking’ scented candle…


It should look a little browned on top, but some spots will likely be darker than others. Let it cool completely and cut into squares. It can be refrigerated and stored for a week or so and still taste wonderful! You can also freeze it if you want to make it awhile ahead of time.





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