California Squares

A cream cheese and cake mix preparation.

I can’t find anything suggesting there’s a California origin to these; there are references in pay-per-view sources from the late 1950s, and Google searches have people attributing them to the mid 1960s, but nobody has an explanation for the name. I can tell you, however, that similar recipes are often described as cream cheese squares.

From a box sold in Martinez, California.

California Squares

Crust–mix together:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 cube melted butter
1 egg
1 c. pecans or walnuts (chopped)

Flatten out in cookie pan with sides.

Filling–mix together:
1 8-oz. pkg. softened cream cheese
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla

Pour over top and bake at 350, 30-35 minutes.

Pan: 15-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ x 3/4″ pan.

One Comment

  1. Kim Porter

    You forgot to add the powdered sugar to your reprint of the recipe. The original has it listed though.

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