These Old Fashion Chess Bars are sweet creamy cookie bars with a delicate flaky upper crust and a soft browned cake-like bottom crust. The taste will remind you of a combination of cheese cake, graham cracker crust and fluffy cloud!
Old Fashion Chess Bars make a full 9×13 pan and are simply mouthwateringly delicious! They make their own crust and are EASY! You won’t want to miss giving chess bars as a treat for any special occasion.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
- It’s EASY!
- You simply spread everything into the pan and bake it!
- Soft cakey vanilla body with a graham cracker crust!
- It uses a cake mix!
WHAT IS A CHESS BAR?
Chess Bars are a take off on Chess Pie which is a simple pie using butter, eggs and sugar (all the good stuff!). These chess bars are simplicity at their best.
CHESS BAR VARIATIONS:
There are a number of ways that you can jazz up these chess bars! Here are some suggestions:
- CHESS BARS WITH PECANS: Throw some pecans (1/2 cup) in the mix for Chess Bars with Pecans
- CHESS BARS WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Throw about 1/2 Cup chocolate chips in the mix for Chess Bars with Chocolate Chips.
- HOW ABOUT COCONUT: Add 1/2 cup coconut to the mix for Chess Bars with Coconut.
- CHESS BARS WITH BUTTERSCOTCH: Scotchie Chess Bars are delightful! Add 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips to the mix for Chess Bars with Butterscotch!
Step by Step Photos of Old Fashion Chess Pie
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR OLD FASHIONED CHESS BARS
CAN I FREEZE CHESS BARS?
Yes, chess bars freeze well. Place in a freezer safe plastic bag, label and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to three months. You may note that your chess bars are more crumbly after freezing.
HOW LONG WILL CHESS BARS KEEP?
Chess bars do best when refrigerated, but will even do fine in a sealed room temp container for 3 days. Last in the fridge for 5-7 days.
WHAT DO CHESS BARS TASTE LIKE?
Chess bars resemble cheesecake in texture and flavor. They are light, fluffy and just perfect!
IF YOU ENJOYED THESE CHESS BARS, YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE CHESS PIES…
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THE RECIPE FOR OLD FASHIONED CHESS BARS
Old Fashion Chess Bars
- I package of yellow cake mix
- 1 stick of butter – softened
- 4 eggs divided
- 3 ½ cups confectioners sugar powdered sugar
- 1 block of cream cheese
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish as follows: Line with aluminum foil and then spray the aluminum foil with a baking spray such as Baker’s Joy.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with your hand mixer – or if you are really strong – with a big spoon), combine cake mix, butter and ONE egg.
- Pat the cake mixture into the bottom of the 9x13 pan.
- Mix together the sugar, eggs, cream cheese, extracts and pinch of salt (will look like cake batter or pancake batter) and pour this over the cake mix layer.
- Bake in center of the oven for 35-45 minutes (my oven takes more like 45 mins +) – it is done when it gets puffy and starts to brown on the top. Shake the pan and when the center has just stopped jiggling, it’s done. Allow to cool before serving so that the center can gel. Don’t bother with the toothpick test – doesn’t necessarily work on this one.
***THIS CONTENT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON LOAVES AND DISHES ON JULY 7, 2015 and has been updated with new information***
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