|Strawberry Chess Squares, A Sweet Southern Confection|
Strawberry Chess Squares
1 box strawberry cake mix
1 stick unsalted butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Part 1: Mix cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the pan.
Part 2: Mix cream cheese, 2 remaining eggs, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Pour on top of crust. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until the top is lightly golden brown. The center under the crust will be just a bit loose and jiggly.
Allow to cool before serving. Dust lightly with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh strawberries.
With the Fourth of July next week, I'm thinking this could easily be turned into a Red, White and Blue Dessert with the addition of blueberries and a mini scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yes, I really did intend to say mini scoop. Just on it's own, this is one decadently rich and sinfully delicious dessert.