Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! I spent the weekend with my family and my boyfriend came with and visited my hometown. Other than the hot sun and spending time with ones I love, nothing reminds me more of summer than these delicious, rich dessert bars. My mom has been making them for years and they are basically fail-proof. Filled with gooey cream cheese, a cake-like texture and some pecans for a nice crunch, these chess pie bars are pecan pie’s delicious stepsister. They are a perfect dessert a summer get-together.
As a single gal with no kids, I always find it funny when I make big batches of desserts because I literally don’t know what to do with all of the leftovers. So before they go bad, I pack them up and bring them to work. Needless to say, my coworkers gobble them up, every time.
Recipe: Chess Pie bars
Prep & cook time: 1 hr
Servings: 15-20 small bars
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 stick room temperature butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 box confectioner sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°.
With a standing mixer or hand mixer, combine cake mix, butter and egg until dough like. I added a tablespoon of water and it helped with the consistency of the dough. Next, stir in pecans. Spread evenly on bottom of greased 9 x 11 pan.
Use the mixer to then cream the cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour over bottom layer and bake for 45 minutes.
When finished, let the bars cool for at least 15-20 minutes. Cut into small squares and serve while still warm!
I hope you enjoy these delicious squares of joy! One of my other favorite family recipes is my grandmother’s versatile yet scrumptious party cookies!