Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipes: My Famous Chess Cake and Other Holiday Favorites

It’s Recipe Day at the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash. Be sure to link up below and leave a comment so you can be eligible for all the prizes we’re giving away! The linky will be up through next Friday. I can’t wait to everyone’s recipes!

Since I’m hosting today, it would be improper for me to hold back and not share the recipe that is most near and dear to my heart! So today I’m sharing my famous chess cake!

My mom used to make this every year around Christmas time, and it was always so good! It’s actually a perfect dessert for any occasion, but I still associate it with Christmas to this day, and of all the desserts I make, this one is definitely the most requested!

Today I’m also featuring some photos and links of some of my family’s favorite holiday appetizers and desserts! Hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to stop by Tidy Mom tomorrow for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Memories and Traditions event!

Recipe for Chess Cake:
For Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick margarine (softened or melted)

For Icing:
8 oz cream cheese
1 stick margarine (softened or melted)
2 eggs
1 box powdered sugar

Directions: For cake – Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and margarine. Press into a 9×13 inch pan. For icing, cream together cream cheese, margarine, eggs, and sugar. Pour over cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!

And Here Are Some More Of Our Holiday Favorites:

Creamy Salsa Dip

Black Bean Spirals

Sausage Balls

Crunchy Cheese Crisps

Christmas Pinwheels

Sour Cream Pound Cake (hubby’s fave)

Egg Custard Pie (Dad’s Fave)

Congealed Salad (aka – That Green Stuff)

Cake Mix Cookies


Thanks so much for stopping by my party!
Merry Christmas!



I’m linking this post up at Blessed with Grace, 11th Heaven’s Homemaking, and Beauty and Bedlam.


  1. The Chess Cake looks so good! And I definitely have to try the Fruity Pebble cookies! Yum!

    I made cake mix cookies for the first time a couple weeks ago and they are so easy and delicious!

  2. Vanillastrawberryspringfields says

    Your cake looks so so god Jerri…my special post is ready but will be able to take pics only tonight or maybe earlier coz i take pics on big b's cell phone and he aint home(and yippeee a digi cam research is gng on for me-i'll be given 2 choices and i have to chose)

  3. Hi Jerri. Thanks so much for inviting me to this great linky party. I love all of your recipes and I can't wait to see the other recipes too.

    Thanks also for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments-I really love hearing from you.

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  4. April@The 21st Century Housewife says

    Thanks for sharing your recipes – they look delicious and I'll definitely be trying some of them! Also thanks so much for hosting!!

  5. Hoosier Homemade says

    Wow, everything looks so good! Can I come over?
    Thanks for hosting!

  6. Oh Jerri these all look SO yummy!!

    My daughter was needing an appetizer to take to a party, I'm sending her your link!!

    Thanks for hosting this fun party!!


  7. Is the Chess Cake the same thing as the Neiman Marcus cake. I have made it and it sounds similar. I LOVE it!!!!! Thanks for posting all the great recipes.

  8. Amy {The Red Chair Blog} says

    What a wonderful collection of recipes you have here! Those cheddar chips look delicious!

  9. Quasi Serendipita says

    I have such a long list of new recipes to try now! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  10. Vanillastrawberryspringfields says

    ola Jerri,I finally managed to get my post up-big b came home IN D AFTERNOON FOR 2 BIG soup mugfulls of this and i tk the pics
    Dont knw why my laptop hangs all the time-just 3 months old…
    and its already reloaded once.
    Love the array of all ur family favs and if my lappy behaves i wanna hop @every blog here…
    had left ya a messg long back but seems like that didn go thru…
    BEjinhos e boa semano…

  11. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Aren't cake mix cookies the best! Of course, that Chess Cake looks pretty good too!

  12. such delicious goodies would for sure make for a spread that woudl please all

  13. Everything looks amazing! I am excited to check out all of the recipes at your party! So so fun!


  14. THis looks delish as does all the other recipes !LOL! I've heard of chess pie, but never chess cake. 🙂

    Have a Merry CHRISTmas and thank you for inviting me to your recipe exchange!! 😀


  15. Oh! I'm so hungry now, lol. Those cheese crisps sound awesome! Thank you so much for hosting this. 🙂

  16. Devildogwife says

    Everything looks so good. Too many wonderful things that I want to try. lol!

  17. Thank you for stopping by today!! I am very happy to have found your blog! So many great recipes! I did link onto your party…thanks for the invite!

  18. The Mumpowers says

    Everything looks delicious! I'm going to have to try out a lot of those recipes. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting today!

  19. chess cake sounds amazing! I have been meaning to make something like this for a while. Perhaps it will appear on my Christmas table. And yes I shall be linking up!

  20. Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect says

    I love that you call it "that green stuff"! 🙂 My family makes it, too, but calls it Watergate Salad. I always thought it was just a name WE had come up with, but then a year or so ago saw the recipe – with that title – in a Kraft magazine!

    Going to check out your salsa dip and black bin pinwheels now! Yum!

  21. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    All the recipes look GREAT! Thanks for linking to TMTT. Have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.


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