ooey. gooey. goodness. December 14 2010, 0 Comments

The first time I popped a chess bar in my mouth was in 5th grade & poof... it was love at first bite. I remember going to Sami Orange's house after school one day and her mother had just taken a hot pan of these out of the oven.  We were instructed to wait 20 minutes until they cooled and then we could dive into the pan.  Waiting 20 minutes for chess cookies to cool was like taking a flight to Hawaii (and back)...we just starred at them and when her mother wasn't looking, we'd pick off little bits of the over-baked crusty pieces.   A few weeks ago, I had a jewelry show in Charlotte and my husband's cousin's wife  made these for the show.  I fell back in love instantly.  They are ooey, gooey, goodness & I strongly recommend making them one of your holiday staples. Chess Cookies
1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted
Mix with a fork until smooth.  Pat and press with palms of hand into 9x13 pan- I use a pyrex

Mix together:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 box of powdered sugar
Beat until smooth.  The cream cheese may be a little lumpy- keep beating until as smooth as you can get.  Pour over crust.  Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes.
Remove, cool and cut into squares or sticks.