Easy and Delicious Chess Squares

Chess Squares made with cream cheese and cake mix

Chess Squares

Baking is an essential part to any successful holiday season, and boy howdy did we do a lot of it around our house this year!  I have many, many posts planned chock full of yummy, naughty, and sinful recipes to share with all of you.  I’m starting out with an oldie but goodie.. some classic chess squares!  These are great to include in gift baskets since they are easy and fast to make and it’s simple to bake up a ton of them in a relatively short amount of time.  I’m a cream cheese fan in general, but I would definitely reach for a chess square over a piece of cheesecake any day.  I couldn’t even tell you why.. they’re just so good!

Here’s the recipe!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1lb confectioner’s sugar

What You’ll Do:

Pre-heat oven to 350F.  In a bowl, mix cake mix, one stick of butter, and one egg.  Do not follow directions on the cake mix box.  Press the mixture into a greased 9×13 cake pan.  Mix cream cheese with melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.  Slowly add confectioner’s sugar to the mixture until it is completely smooth.  Pour over the top of cake mix layer and  bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.



  1. Megan Bennett says

    This is probably a silly question, but do you mix the cake with the one stick of butter, and then mix the cream cheese with the remaining one stick of melted butter, or are the 2 sticks of butter in the ingredients to both be mixed with the cream cheese, and the one stick mixed with the cake mix is not included in the ingredients? Wow did that make any sense? 

      • Megan Bennett says

        Thank you! That is what I thought made sense but wanted to check just to be sure before I made them! I absolutely LOVE chess squares but have never made them before. Thanks so much for the awesome recipes! :)

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