Strawberry Chess Squares

Posted by Mandy on February 7th, 2012. Filed under: Cakes, Cookies & Bars, Desserts, Gifts from the Kitchen, Holiday Favorites, Snacks, Valentine's Recipes.

Let me just go ahead and get this out there – I’m a huge chess square fan. I’ve never met a dessert with the word “chess” in it that I don’t like. Chess is code word for “awesome stuff”, if you ask me. I have had this recipe idea in my head for a long time now. I have made different flavor chess squares in the past (tried my Chocolate Peanut Butter variation yet? Well I figured you all could use a variation for make for your Valentine. And everyone knows that PINK is the color of Valentine’s (and red, but I wanted to make pink ones so just go with it, ok?)

I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious these are! Please don’t be snotty and say, “OMGAH! There is a boxed cake mix in there,” or “You cook with artificial flavoring?” I’m an easy kind of gal and if I can cook something this delicious by using those ingredients then dangit! I’m gonna do it! :)


Strawberry Chess Squares

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar

1 box strawberry cake mix

1 stick butter, softened

1 teaspoon strawberry extract

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together one egg, cake mix, and butter or margarine until crumbly. Spread onto a greased 9×13″ baking dish (glass, aluminum, whatever you have). Stir cream cheese until smooth (using a mixer works well). Add 3 eggs, food coloring (if using) and extracts; mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add powdered sugar; beat until well combined. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. Allow to cool before cutting into small squares.

6 Responses to Strawberry Chess Squares

  1. Kathy Koskovich

    I tried these and they were delicious. Could not find strawberry extract at Kroger so I just smashed up four large strawberries and added them juice and all to the mixture. So good !!

  2. Mandy

    I’m glad you enjoyed them, Mrs. K! They are one of our family’s favorites. :)

  3. Kristina

    Could I make something from scratch to substitute out for the cake mix? Most boxed mixes have food dye & high fructose corn syrup and my son can’t eat those.

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