Chess Bars Recipe

Wanted to share a family recipe that we’ve been enjoying for 30+ years – as my oldest son likes to remind me, that 3 DECADES!  LOL.  The recipe is called Chess Bars.

Chess Bars Recipe

I can remember TYPING this recipe onto this little index card as a teenager.  Yep, rolled it into my non-electric typewriter and even typed onto the back.

I knew I’d want to make them as an adult.

Now, although I have kept the recipe for those 3 decades, I decided I’d put it on the internet.  Because everyone knows that once it’s online it will live forever.

And, if my kids want to make these one day and don’t have the little index card, they can Google it!


Here’s how they look coming out of the oven.  The top is cream cheesey sweet and the bottom is like a crust.

Chess Bars

There are a once in a while special treat.  It’s one of those recipes that brings back fond memories of my Mom, who would make this for her “Card Ladies”, who would meet regularly at each other’s homes.


Chess Bars Recipe

For Crust:

  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 box yellow cake mix

For Topping:

  • 3 well-beaten eggs
  • 8 oz. package of creamed cheese
  • 16 oz. of powdered sugar


  1. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix the crust ingredients together and press into the pan.
  3. Mix the topping ingredients, in order (I used KitchenAid for this part)
  4. Pour the topping onto the crust you just pressed into the pan.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes – watch them closely, as they can burn easily!
  6. Cool, cut and enjoy.  They’re best if left overnight; however, that rarely happens here.


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