You Won’t Believe How Easy This Sinfully Delicious Dessert Is!

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This Is By Far One Of The Most Indulgent Treats To Leave Our Kitchen

My mother used to always tell me that you can’t beat a fully from scratch treat. In fact, I can’t ever remember her using any mixes or premade ingredients growing up. So suffice to say I had the bar set pretty high for any future baked goods I came across later in life.

I can clearly remember watching her in the kitchen as she whipped her own whipped cream (by hand—I still don’t know where she got the arm strength!) to top freshly made shortcakes and strawberry sauce. Or helping her make my siblings’ birthday cakes. It was a therapeutic process that I continued to enjoy long after I moved out of my parents’ house.

So my friends had a tendency to poke fun of me for me “high society” taste in desserts. But can you blame me? When you’re raised on nothing but homemade you get used to it! I never thought I’d find a semi-homemade dessert that rivaled something that you made from scratch.

Then I went to a friend’s housewarming party and saw the light. While perusing the dessert table I spotted some decadent looking bars and snagged a piece. I took my first bite and fell in love.


Quick tip: To cut neat squares for serving at a party line pan with parchment paper long enough to hang over the edge of your pan. Once the bars are cool lift them out of the pan with the parchment paper and slice.

Photo attribution and recipe courtesy of: @ Home with the Ayres.

By | 2017-09-08T06:14:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|002, Dessert, In Demand, Popular, Snacks|11 Comments


  1. PJ September 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Would certainly be nice if you posted the name of these and other delicious foods. You give the recipes, which are delightful, but for those who want to save for future use, please give them a name. Some it’s easy to figure out, like macaroni salad would be easy. But some such as this one, what in the world would you call it?

    • Aunt Betty's September 12, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hi PJ! Thanks for your feedback! 🙂 As strange as it sounds, some dishes may not actually have a specific name. For example, this one I might call “The Yummy Bars” because they really are delicious! 🙂

  2. brenda September 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Would it work with a gluten free cake mix?

  3. Susie September 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Have you tried this with a lemon flavoring?

  4. Slava September 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You must be crazy, 4 cups of icing sugar to 3 eggs, and the cake mix probably has sugar in it.

  5. Mama Tee January 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I tried it with gluten-free cake mix. That part worked fine, However, I found the resulting bars WAY too sweet. I tried giving them away, and except for one 10-year-old who loved them, everyone who tried them found them way too sweet.

  6. Mary January 16, 2018 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Some of us like extra sweet treats

  7. Mary January 16, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Yummy !!

  8. Lisa Tunison February 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    This looks like the treat my neighbor makes and she calls it crack cake because it is addictive!

  9. Teri March 13, 2018 at 4:52 am - Reply

    It’s called a chess cake and I’ve made it for years. The family favorite is lemon.

  10. Eva Staton March 23, 2018 at 3:56 am - Reply

    I know these as Chess Bars and have made them quite a few times. Kroger cream cheese has had this recipe on it before and they were called gooey bars or gooey cake. I love them personally!.

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