My Kids Favorite Chess Squares

Most of our families favorite desserts are going to include chocolate in some form, but on a rare occasion we’ll “bend the rules” and have one that doesn’t. Chess squares fall into this very small category. They are however, ooey-gooey squares of sweet deliciousness that you just can’t resist, and should you really have to have them in chocolate form, adjustments can be made to accommodate that.?

Aside from being irresistibly delicious, these are so easy to make, great for parties, potlucks and general entertaining.

Chess Squares
1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick of butter, melted
Mix together and press into the bottom of a greased 9 X 13 pan.

2 eggs
1 8oz. cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar (1#)
Mix together and pour over first layer

Bake at 325 degrees 40-45 minutes.
Allow to cool and then cut into squares. (see below for helpful hints).
Sprinkle with powdered sugar before taking out of pan, but after slicing.

I found out some time ago that cutting brownies and chess squares with a plastic knife does a much better job than using a metal knife. I have this large plastic “knife” that’s perfect for this. Spray with non-stick spray before cutting each row (wipe off residue between rows).

Dessert, Chess Squares

Chess Squares

To easily transport without destroying the top, lay a sheet of wax paper on top and then cover with Press and Seal.




  1. Kellyann
    October 8, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    How in the world did I miss this? Especially since I was living with you when it was posted??? Lol!
    These look yummy and I am having a major sweet tooth right now! Mmmmmmm!!!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Well you wouldn’t have missed it if I wasn’t a moron about the whole scheduling thing, but I’m learning. LOL You will love these!! XO

  2. October 8, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Yummy, Girlfriend! Wayne’s aunt makes a chess pie that is delish, too!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Oh yum! Give me all the chess…except for the game. I totally don’t get that. LOL

  3. Heather Bramlett
    October 8, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    These look so good!! Thank you for sharing.

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Heather. These are so easy and delish. Perfect for taking to a gathering. XO

  4. Living on Cloud Nine
    October 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    My family would love these too! Can you believe I’ve never heard of any chess desserts before? Well I’m tickled to have a new recipe to break out for the crew! Thanks sugar! Get a good nights sleep back in your own bed!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Your boys would devour these. I love the edges too and that’s saying something, because I’m a middle girl all the way. Happy weekend!! XO

  5. October 9, 2018 / 5:50 am

    These look sinfully delicious! Great tip with the plastic knife…I’ve never thought about that. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

      They are Tanya, but oh so worth it. The plastic knife trick is so good. Happy to pass it along. Happy weekend!

  6. October 9, 2018 / 9:25 am

    These look and sound divine! Definitely pinning and trying this deliciousness – and your knife cutting trick is a must try!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Oh they are so good and so easy. The knife trick is a game changer. Happy weekend!

  7. October 10, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Oh these look amazing! I’ve been wanting to try some new desserts out too! These look pretty easy to make!

    • October 12, 2018 / 10:17 am

      They are so easy and so good. (and the edges are to die for and I’m typically more of a middle kinda girl). Happy weekend!

  8. Daisy
    June 15, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    How could I have forgotten about these??!! My Kentucky Mama made these for us (5 younguns) all the time, double and triple batches at a time. Thanks for the happy reminder of so many blessed 70+ year memories. I do remember they were very rich tasting., but delicious! Seems like I remember her sometimes putting some lemon flavoring, sometimes vanilla. Think I’ll try making a smaller batch. Thanks again!

    • June 19, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Hi Daisy! Oh I’m so happy these brought back some happy memories. They are rich, but oh so yummy! Happy Wednesday! XO

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