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Southern Chess Squares Recipe

Southern Chess Squares

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"This recipe is similar to many others I've seen, but in my opinion, these are the BEST! They are also great for bake sales when individually wrapped."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Mix together the cake mix, melted butter and the egg. Stir in the chopped pecans. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners' sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time until blended.
  3. Pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Cool in the pan, then cut into squares before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2006

This recipe for chess squares works very well, and is easy. I cut it in half, and it fit a 9" round pan perfectly. They are really, really sweet and very rich. The recipe makes a lot of the cream cheese layer, you could easily cut it in half if you want less sugar. Overall, if you like chess squares, this recipe is great. If you think it's too much sugar, you're obviously not from the South.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 03, 2004

Way tooo sweet.

Nov 01, 2005

Enjoyed by all, but I only used one package of cream cheese and 2 cups of confectioner's sugar for the topping and reduced the cooking time to 30 minutes. Turned out perfect.

Jan 29, 2003

This is great. I added a can of cherry pie filling on top and it tasted just like cheesecake.

Apr 13, 2003

Excellent! Richer and denser than most chess square recipes. My co-workers RAVED (and raved some more).

Jun 07, 2011

They taste exactly how they should. I lived in the south (Mississippi) for 2 and a half years and yep, this is how they make em. I love em, they are super yummy and I've always had rave reviews when I make them too. I recommend this one! My only complaint is that the recipe doesn't tell you that the cream cheese part rises up quite a bit. The person who said a 9 in round must have used 1/2 the cream cheese part because I too used a 9 inch round and half the cream cheese is sitting at the bottom of my oven in my smoke filled kitchen. Don't use a 9 inch round people.

Jan 17, 2005

The best recipe for this great dessert! Any cheesecake lover will love these. For those that say they're too sweet, they just don't know what a good southern dessert is! If you're looking for an original chess square recipe, this has to be it. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 16, 2007

I made the mistake of first tasting these when they were warm and it was too much but once refrigerated, they're better.


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  • Calories
  • 344 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 260 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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