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)!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While oven is heating, mix cake mix, egg, melted butter, and 2 heaping handfuls of chocolate chips.
- Grease a 9 inch round pan and pack mixture into the bottom of pan.
- In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and egg until smooth. *Tip soften cream cheese in microwave on 30 second intervals
- 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!