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.