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Skinnier Chess Squares

If you have any interest in dabbling in a few southern delicacies this summer, begin with one of my all time favorites, chess squares! These delectable sweet treats are lip-smacking good and are a great alternative to a traditional chocolate brownie. Rich and succulent, soft and creamy, your guests will love them and they’ll be begging for more. Aside from the all-around goodness, no baking experience is required. Whip up a batch of chess squares in an hour or less (baking time included)!


Add the following ingredients to your shopping list:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 2 handfuls chocolate chips or chopped pecans
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While oven is heating, mix cake mix, egg, melted butter, and 2 heaping handfuls of chocolate chips.
  2. Grease a 9 inch round pan and pack mixture into the bottom of pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and egg until smooth. *Tip soften cream cheese in microwave on 30 second intervals
  4. Pour cream cheese concoction over prepared crust and bake for 35 minutes. Cool in pan before cutting into squares.






While you may be thinking a combination of butter, sugar, and cream cheese is in no way shape or form the ingredients for a “skinny” dessert, the original recipe calls for double the sweetness. This version is just as satisfying and it’ll save you a few calories. A a special thanks to the Louisianians for introducing me to this confection…you know who you are!


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