Chess Squares, or also known as chess bars, chess pie squares, or gooey butter cake, is a simple and delicious classic Southern dessert made with cake mix. They are gooey, flaky, buttery….and so addictive!

Yellow Cake Mix Unsalted Butter  Egg Cream Cheese Vanilla Powdered Sugar

key ingredients

In a mixing bowl, add cake mix, softened butter, and one egg. Mix thoroughly with a mixer and press into the bottom of a greased pan.


In a separate mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar until completely combined.

Pour over the ingredients in the pan, then bake for 30-35 minutes. Middle should be set and the top slightly browned. Cool for at least 1 hour.

Slice into 24 small squares. Serve and enjoy!

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