Strawberry Chess Bars

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These ooey, gooey Strawberry Chess Bars are a new favorite. Fresh strawberries and a delicious butter chess topping make them amazing! Who would have though a cake mix could be so delicious?

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Every now and then I’ll be scrolling through Facebook and something just stops me dead in my tracks. Last night’s post that did just that was this…

“At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play for the last time, and nobody knew it.”

Wow.  It gave me chills.  It took my breath.

It took my breath because it was so true.  We aren’t normally fortunate enough to know when the last time actually is the last time.

Last Friday night we got the call that Heather’s precious great aunt had been killed in a car accident.  Who would have thought that the last time we saw her, would be the last time we saw her?

We’ve been blessed to never have to deal with a tragic death like that.  It put things into perspective.  It’s caused us to pull our family a little closer and realize that we truly have to do our best to squeeze the goodness out of every single day because we don’t know when it will be the last.

While we are all devastated, this post isn’t about sadness.  This post is about realizing how fortunate we each are to have another day.  And it’s about encouraging you to make the best of it.  You will never get another chance at this very day.  Never.

Eat the dessert.  Take the trip.  Ignore the laundry.  Be spontaneous.  Live life.  Smile.  Tell folks you love them.

These ooey, gooey Strawberry Chess Bars are a new favorite. Fresh strawberries and a delicious butter chess topping make them amazing! Who would have though a cake mix could be so delicious? Speaking of dessert, it’s no secret that I love strawberries.  And it’s also no secret I love nearly every version of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake – sometimes called Chess Cake or Chess Squares.  So it makes perfect sense to combine the two, right?  Of course it does!!  So that’s just what I did.

These ooey, gooey Strawberry Chess Bars are a new favorite. Fresh strawberries and a delicious butter chess topping make them amazing! Who would have though a cake mix could be so delicious? Start with a boxed strawberry cake mix, add in some fresh chopped strawberries and a few other ingredients and you have a dessert that everyone will love.  Did I mention there’s butter and cream cheese?  πŸ™‚
These ooey, gooey Strawberry Chess Bars are a new favorite. Fresh strawberries and a delicious butter chess topping make them amazing! Who would have though a cake mix could be so delicious?

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Strawberry Chess Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box strawberry cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
For the filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350Β°F and lightly spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the cake mix, melted butter, and egg together to make the crust. Fold in the strawberries. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. It may make it easier to lightly spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and pat the crust dough down.
  3. In another large bowl, use a mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the butter and mix well. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla. Pour the filling mixture over the crust.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the edges are just firm and lightly golden brown but the middle is still jiggly. Cool completely before slicing into squares.

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Comments

  1. Claudine Bratcher says:

    Stacey, these Strawberry Chess Bars look absolutely devine! I’m making them as soon as I can get to the store for the ingredients I don’t have on hand to make them!
    I was so sorry to hear about Heather’s Great Aunt. Now you both have strong faith and so you know that God is in charge and He’ll help you through this tough time. Just remember, like I do when I have to face bad times, that it’s just like in the story “Footprints in the Sand”, He’ll always be there to carry you through the bad times.
    Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

  2. Oh my these sound wonderful! Do you think they would freeze well? I think they would make great “one bite” size for showers and teas, a few toasted pecans, maybe a chicken salad finger sandwich, and a good cup of coffee or lunch! Menu! 😊

    I have tried and enjoyed so many of your recipes, and enjoy your stories. Good work!

    • I’m honestly not sure about freezing these. The “chess” part worries me a bit. Glad to hear you’ve had some success with the recipe! Hope you continue to enjoy!

  3. So sorry for your families loss. That quote is really something to think about.

    These bars look so good! I haven’t really thought about using other flavored cakes to make chess bars. What a yummy idea.

  4. Stacey, I love your posts and your recipes…..thank you for sharing your thoughts, perspective, family and food….you are “good people” and I appreciate you.

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. Made these last night and ate . . . let’s just SAY one helping so I am not embarrassed . . . while it was still warm. Unbelievable. If they are half as good after being in the fridge overnight, I am in big trouble. One of the best desserts I’ve ever had. Thank you!

  6. june trent says:

    This recipe sounds fantastic!! Can’t wait to make it–thank you!!

  7. These look wonderful! Does this really take a cup of butter? All the dozens of chess bar recipes I have looked at only use 1/2 cup in the crust, none in the chess filling.

  8. Gisele Schaeffer says:

    Hi Stacey
    Just discovered your web site..
    I will try some of your recipes. Everything looks so good.
    Since I do not use box cakes, can you tell me how to make the cake from scratch? So sorry for your loss.

  9. Michael Carlin says:

    I’ve been wanting to make this since I first saw it posted. It’s in the oven now. All I did different was add an additional egg yolk and added a handfull of blueberries with fresh picked strawberries from my patch. I’m at 7300 ft above sea level. Added 2 tblespoons flour. Oh heck! 15 minutes left! Then they have to cool! What will I do? Wait to cool?!? The anticipation ………. smelling heavenly already…

  10. What a great combination! They look so yummy!!

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