A variation on the classic chess pie, the bars of the same name call for just a few ingredients that produce a surprisingly rich and delectable dessert. Unlike the pie, which calls for a standard bottom crust, the bars, or squares, are composed of a bottom cakelike layer that is filled with a creamy mixture of eggs, sugar, butter and cream cheese.
Things You'll Need
Make the bottom crust for the chess bars according to the amounts given in the recipe you are using. Combine the dry ingredients that include the flour, baking powder, salt and the granulated sugar. Mix these together well, then add the melted butter and one of the eggs, and stir until the mixture is combined, but still slightly crumbly.
Coat the baking pan lightly with vegetable spray, vegetable shortening or butter, and pat the crust mixture into it evenly so that it reaches the sides and leaves no gaps. Press the crust down lightly with your fingers to make it as even as possible.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the same bowl you made the crust in, and add the cream cheese and the remaining eggs and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, beating on low speed until creamy after each addition.
Pour the filling over the crust, and spread it to the sides of the pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center appears slightly wet. Do not over-bake.
Cool the mixture completely before cutting it into bars or squares. Refrigerate any leftovers by covering the pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
References and ResourcesDuncan Heinz: Chess Squares
LandOLakes: Honey Nut Chess Bars
Epicurious: Chess Bars
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