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Blueberry-Lemon Chess Squares and Cookies 'n Cream Bars

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These easy and delicious dessert squares can be made with just about any cake mix you have on hand.

Use yellow, butter or lemon cake mix for the blueberry squares, and any chocolate or fudge cake will work for the cookies 'n cream bars.

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Blueberry-Lemon Chess Squares


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, butter or lemon
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
In a bowl, combine blueberries with sugar, lemon juice and half of the lemon zest. Set aside.

Mix cake mix with 1 egg, softened butter and the remaining lemon zest. Pat into a buttered and floured 13- x 9-inch baking pan.

In a mixing bowl with hand-held electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar with cream cheese and remaining 3 eggs until smooth. Gently stir in blueberry mixture; pour over cake. Bake in a preheated 325° oven for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until browned. Let cool completely; chill and cut into squares.
Serve with fresh blueberries and a dusting of confectioners' sugar, if desired. Store in the refrigerator.



Cookies 'n Cream Chess Bars


These will be popular with the kids! For polka-dot chess squares, sprinkle with chocolate chips instead of cookie crumbs.

  • 1 fudge or chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1 stick margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 to 12 Oreo cookies or a packet of Mini Oreos, coarsely crumbled
Mix cake mix with 1 egg and margarine; 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 oreos (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.

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