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Cream Cheese Chess Bars

Sweet and creamy!

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Yield: 28 bars



  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Argo® Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
  • 1/4 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.*
  2. CRUST: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add butter, corn syrup, egg vanilla and almond extract, if desired; mix until well blended. Press into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. FILLING: Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, eggs, corn starch and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Pour evenly over crust.
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until light golden brown. Center will still be gooey. Cool and cut into bars.
  5. *Note: Bake at 325°F if using dark or nonstick baking pan.