Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cookies 'n Cream Chess Bars

Sweets are my favorite food group.  Okay, yes I know they're not a food group but they're still the best!  Even better are those easy to make.   One of favorites is this chocolate cake, using a cake mix as one of ingredients.  If we have friends stopping by and I need a quick dessert, it's my go to recipe.  Looking to add to my list of options, I did a search for desserts using cake mixes and these popped up.  You can use crushed cookies or chocolate chips for the top.  I happened to have a some Joe Joe's (candy cane sandwich cookies from Trader Joe's) leftover and they added a great minty flavor to this dessert.  Thinking mint, these would be delicious using crushed Thin Mints as the crushed topping. 

Cookies & Cream Chess Bars


  • 1 fudge or chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 to 12 chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely crumbled


Mix cake mix with 1 egg and butter; press into greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. In a mixing bowl with an electric hand-held mixer, beat confectioners' sugar with cream cheese, vanilla and 3 eggs until smooth. Pour about 2/3 of the topping mixture onto the cake mixture; sprinkle with crumbled cookies (or chocolate chips) then pour remaining mixture evenly over crumbs. Bake in a preheated 325° oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned.
Cool thoroughly and cut into bars. Keep refrigerated.

I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday.


  1. Oh yea, sweets are my favorite food group too:@) Your bars sound amazing-enjoy:@)

  2. Julie, this looks absolutely wonderful, however, I couldn't keep chocolate sandwich cookies in the house long enough to save them for a recipe! But I will try to definitely try this! Thanks!

  3. I love chess bars and didn't think anything could make them better, but you just did!

  4. Have to say, sweets would be my fave food group, too! Those bars look amazing, Julie! Thanks for stopping by to say hi :)

  5. I love sweets too and these bars are right up my alley!

  6. Wait, they're NOT a food group?!? :P

    These bars look amazing. I love the chocolate combined with oreos and cream cheese...a winning combination.

  7. Hi Julie, I'm a sweets lover, too. These bars sound so good! Thanks for sharing and giving the tip on Trader Joe's cookies on top.

  8. Chocolate is definitely a food group. At least in my world!

  9. Good Morning,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a lovely week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks so much for sharing these on They look so delicious! -The Six Sisters


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