Archive for November 13th, 2010

Chess Cake (Bars)

When I first started working at the local courthouse 16+ years ago, the sheriff’s wife was his secretary.  Whenever we would have potlucks, we always requested that she bring chess bars.  I had never had them until then, but I was hooked!  This recipe is not hers, but it has the same taste.  These bars are filled with buttery goodness and it is really hard to stop at one!

1 box yellow cake mix

1 stick butter, softened and diced

1 tsp vanilla, divided

4 eggs, divided

1 lb powdered sugar

8 oz cream cheese, softened


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13×9” baking pan.  Combine cake mix, butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1 eggs.  Pat into the baking pan and set aside.


In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 3 eggs.  Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed with an electric mixer.  Pour over cake mix crust.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until lightly browned and crusty.

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