Kentucky Chess Bars

Kim Piepgras Recipe

By Kim Piepgras uneakstuff

Makes 20-24 bars
15 Min
35 Min

This recipe will make you slap the dog and spit on the fire.

When I make these, they don't last an hour in my house. Family and friends eat them right up and don't even leave a crumb. I am always having people request these naughty, sweet, just too good not to share bars.


pinch tips: Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Hints


1 pkg
yellow butter cake mix
1 stick
8 oz
package of cream cheese
1 pkg
confectioners sugar (powder sugar)

Directions Step-By-Step

1 Yellow Cake Mix
1 Egg
1 Stick of Butter

Mix 1 egg into cake mix. Melt butter, add to egg / cake mixture. Stir until becomes a ball. Pat into greased 12x15 flat pan.

Take 8 oz. Cream Cheese and beat with mixer until smooth. Add 2 eggs and 1 box of confectioner sugar. Mix until smooth.

Pour on top of cake mixture and bake 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown in color. Bake at 350 degrees.

Cool completely before cutting.

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Linda Woodham fancygran
Oct 4, 2011
I make these all the time they are wonderful.

Sometimes I make them with lemon juice in the cake part and the cream cheese it is great.thanks for posting this recipe.
Kim Piepgras uneakstuff
Oct 4, 2011
You are so welcome. Once they are cool, I am lucky to get one. Thank you for the comment!! :)
kim * Bakerella
Oct 13, 2011
I baked these while visiting family in Boston over the weekend. Very rich & yummy! Had a hard time finding the 12x15 size pan called for ... so had to use a 9x13. Turned out very good .. just had to bake a little longer. What a quick and easy recipe. I will use this one a lot!
PS .. the only difference between this and Paula Deans "gooey butter cake" recipe is an extra stick of butter in the topping. Can you imagine adding ANOTHER stick of butter to this!? No way! I'm totally sticking w/your recipe for the bars. They are just right. Thanks for posting: )
Kim Piepgras uneakstuff
Oct 14, 2011
I am so glad you enjoyed them. NO, I can't imagine another stick of butter. YIKES. I use the 9x13 pan also and bake a little longer. Happy cooking! Kim
Jan 23, 2012 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites
Carolyn Meuer-Pickering sugrcooky
Nov 2, 2012
I made these yesterday. I used a cookie sheet with sides. They were yummy, quick, easy and I had all of the ingredients on hand..... These are a keeper!! Thanks ;-) Carolyn
Theresa Phillips paddlepusher
Nov 14, 2012
Hi Kim in Ky..I was just in Bowling Green last week for the Ky/Tn Marina show..loved your city....Thanks for the recipe. gonna make them tonite for my husband's hunting trip! Happy Thanksgiving. T in Tn.
Terri Denison gullyx2
Jan 29, 2013
Very easy and oh, so yummy!
Cheryl E Sidney CCHERCKone2
Aug 3, 2013
Hey, Kim, there's a lady at work that makes these. I ask her how. And she told me but she today didn't tell me the measurements, so I knew she didn't want me to know. So, I went to and pinterest. That's where I found this site with your recipe. I waiting on them now their in the oven. Thank you sôoo much. Cheryl E. Sidney Georgetown Ky.
Rena Richey MrsBC
Jan 21, 2014
I've made these using a chocolate cake mix instead of butter. I also put a bag of Heath chips between the layers. Can you say yummy?
Judy DeMolen jumade12
Dec 2, 2014
i'm from Michigan...this might be a stupid question but how much is in a "package" of powdered sugar? are we talking one cup, 16 oz, 32 oz??
Michelle Wilson Michelle_Wilson14
Dec 11, 2014
On the powder sugar is it the 2 lb bag or ???? Thanks i plan on making this for hubby next week
Terri Denison gullyx2
Dec 11, 2014
When I made them, I used a 1-pound box of powdered sugar. They were perfect!