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Orange Chess Bars

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The citrus splash in the crust of the Duncan Hines Orange Supreme Cake Mix is complemented by a rich cream cheese topping. These Orange Chess Bars are fabulous for any occasion.

  • Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
  • Servings: Makes about 24 bars.
  • Difficulty: Super Simple
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  • Crust:
  • 1 package Signature Orange Cake Mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • Toppings:
  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. grated orange peel

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13"x 9" baking pan.
  2. For crust, combine cake mix, oil and pecans in large bowl. Stir until blended (mixture will be crumbly). Press in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. For topping, combine confectioners' sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until blended. Add eggs and orange peel. Beat at low speed until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is set. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into bars.

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No cupcake holders needed.

No cupcake holders needed.

If you run out of cupcake papers don't panic. I just spray cooking spray in the muffin tin and they pop right out after baking. The kids love this because they think it is fun too decorate the cupcake like a whole cake with frosting all around not just on the top.

Spliting cake layers

Spliting cake layers

I have found when I need to split one layer into two I use thread to cut through the cake. It is easier than trying to get them even using a knife. Once I get the thread even around the cake I cross the two ends and pull them crosswise which cuts the layer of cake into two pieces. You can also use dental floss but make sure it is not flavored as it sometimes will leave the taste behind on the cake.

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