I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for Old Fashioned Chess Bars since I last tasted one of those cake mix chess bars at a party. I’m sorry to sound like a chess bar snob, but I simply can’t eat another chess bar with a crust made from a dry cake mix. I’m also not a fan of cake mix cookies either. Sorry! No offense to anyone out there who does like them. I can instantly taste the preservatives in the dry cake mix and it just doesn’t appeal to my taste buds.
I’m also dumbfounded as to why anyone would make a wonderful homemade chess bar filling and then use a crust from a box, when it’s just as quick and easy to make these scrumptious chess bars with a homemade crust. Also in this recipe, everything gets mixed together in one bowl. The bars form their own crust while baking in the oven. This recipe is so easy, you don’t even need me to elaborate with step by step pictures.
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted then measured
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease insides and bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment or use a hand mixer. Whisk on high speed until the egg whites form stiff peaks, about 2 minutes, and set aside.
Sift the flour, measure and re-sift the flour with the salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer or use a hand mixer. Make sure the mixture is light and creamy and the sugar is no longer grainy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, followed by the vanilla and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute, until all ingredients are well combined. With mixer on low, fold in the nuts, followed by the egg whites.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with sticky crumbs. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting.
Store bars in an airtight container.