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Chess Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese and Yellow Cake Mix

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Cream Cheese Chess Dessert Bars


Yellow Cake Mix For the Win

This recipe is one that my family requests very often. They love it. It is super easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. I love the recipes that use the yellow cake mix. The yellow cake mix for this recipe is used in the crust. The versatility of the yellow cake mix is amazing. I always keep one in my pantry for last-minute desserts that I want to bake.

These are excellent for parties, showers, and family dinners. They are cut into squares just like a brownie is. They are super easy to eat as finger food. The ingredients are tasty to even the picky eaters. Most people love the rich cream cheese and powdered sugar combination that makes these so delicious.

Dough for the Crust

Press Evenly Throughout

Press Evenly Throughout

Preparing the Crust For Baking

For the crust, you will need to spray the pan with cooking spray. You will combine the yellow cake mix, melted butter, and one of the eggs. Mix this well. This batter is fairly dense. Once all is mixed thoroughly, dump the dough into your 9 x13 pan. With your fingers spread the crust dough evenly on the bottom of the pan.

Smooth Cream Cheese Batter


Mixing the Rich Creamy Top Layer

Now that you have the crust pressed and evened out in the pan, it is time to start the top layer. The remaining ingredients will go into this mixture. You now will want to put the powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and the remaining two eggs into your bowl. This mixture needs to mix until smooth for at least one to two minutes. It should have a nice smooth texture with no lumps in it.

Now you will want to gradually pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust layer. It will spread pretty well on its own. You may want to take a spatula and smooth it out to make sure that it is reaching the corners of the pan.

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Cream Cheese Layer


Bake Long and Slow

This recipe takes about an hour to bake. You will bake it at 300 degrees so it gets done through and through. This may not take the full hour. Keep a watch on it for the last ten to fifteen minutes. The chess squares should be golden in color. Once it is perfectly golden, you will remove it from the oven. Let this fully cool before you cut into it. If you cut into it when it is still warm, it will not cut well.

Delicious Results


Fan Favorite

You will have people asking for this recipe. This has been a hit at baby showers, wedding showers, and holiday dinners. One thing that I highly recommend is having the recipe ready to share.

My family loves to have it for Christmas. We have all the typical desserts, such as pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Now we add the chess squares. The younger members of my family love them because they can grab one and eat while visiting with family.

I made these chess squares and chocolate chip cookies as a backup plan. I made this the very first time my in-laws came over for dinner. My brother-in-law is a very picky eater. He likes chocolate chip cookies and brownies and not much else. To my surprise, he tried these ooey-gooey chess squares and loved them.

My mother-in-law quickly asked for the recipe. I was so glad to have a homemade recipe for my new family. This was the best one I could think of because it has been very popular in the past event that I have taken it.

Cream Cheese Chess Dessert Bars Recipe

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

about 20 servings


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted/softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix cake mix, melted butter, and one egg till it is a soft dough.
  3. Press the mix into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, and 2 eggs until smooth. Mix for about one to two minutes.
  5. Pour on top of the crust.
  6. Bake for an hour until golden brown.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 April McMichael

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