Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chess Squares

When I go home to Greensboro, one of my favorite activities is sorting through my mom's recipe box and cookbooks.  She has quite a collection of what I would consider 'vintage' cookbooks and I stumbled upon this gem of recipe in a Junior League cookbook from the '70s. 

These Chess Squares could not be easier to throw together and would be a great project for the kiddos too. The ingredient list is super short and all you will need is two bowls, a mixer and this sweet treat will be oven-ready in under  5 minutes.

The results are a golden brown, buttery, creamy delight that anyone can put together in a snap. 

*1 box Duncan Hines butter cake mix
* 1 stick butter, melted
* 1 egg, beaten
*1 box confectioners sugar (I used 3/4 a box for a little less sweetness)
* 8oz cream cheese, softened
* 3 eggs

Preheat oven to 325.  Stir butter and 1 egg into cake mix with a wooden spoon.  Press cake mix into a 13X9 pan. 

For the topping, beat together sugar, cream cheese, and 3 eggs.  Pour over the cake mixture.  Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Cut into squares when cool. 


  1. I love Chess Squares! They were my favorite as a kid. I've made them for a few parties--and since most people have never had them, I get rave reviews! I had guys coming out of a kitchen at a Super Bowl party (where I met my husband!) to ask who had made them. Oh, now I'm hungry!

    1. haha! Love it! They are so buttery and good!