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Homemade Chessmen Cookies Recipe

Homemade Chessmen Cookies Recipe

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I spent three days of my life figuring out how to make homemade Chessmen cookies so you don’t have to.

Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies, 7.25-ounce (pack of 4)

When I was done, I gave my husband a piece of one of these Chessmen cookies from the bag and a piece of one of mine – he thought he was eating the same cookie.  I did a HUGE happy dance!

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Before I figured things out, I had a lot of failures.

Chessmen Fail

Chessmen Fails

I struggled with the recipe proportions, the cookie thickness, and which tool to use to make the raised images.  My biggest struggle, however, turned out to be figuring out how to get the raised images to be the perfect caramel color.  I tackled the problems one at a time.

First was cracking the Chessmen cookie recipe…

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32 comments on “Homemade Chessmen Cookies Recipe”

  1. Yum! They turned out awesome! I know what I’m trying after National Ice Cream Month is over…

    And thanks for the shout out!

  2. I’ve always wanted to make these! Thanks so much for posting, Stephanie! They look AMAZING!

  3. Kittish says:

    Half a cup of cornstarch in the dough? Wow, that’s a lot of cornstarch.That said, I do like chessmen, so I’ll be trying this recipe out in the not too distant future.

  4. This sounds like such a fun challenge and what perfect cookies you came up with. Congrats on your copy cake Chessmen cookies.

  5. Thanks for this charming recipe and for the secret of how to get the images to stand out properly. ( I’ve used a foam brush in the kitchen occasionally too!)

  6. Mary Anne says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if you tried it with the cream of tartar and baking soda. I’m convinced the reason i like them is because of that slight bit of cream of tartar. Did you try the recipe with those ingredients (they are both listed as ingredients on the actual cookies)? If not, what proportion would you recommend?

    • Stef says:

      I didn’t try that. You’d have to experiment and see what worked. Maybe try it as I’ve written it first though just to see if you notice a difference.

  7. Johnpatrick Marr says:

    Thanks for doing all this bakework and research! Have you tried making any with chocolate flavor? I’ve always wanted to have white vs black chessmen. What would you back off on ingredient-wise to make room for cocoa powder or the like in this recipe? Appreciate your help!

    • Stef says:

      I haven’t tried it. I’d start by reducing both the flour and the cornstarch a little bit. Let me know if you try it and what works for you!

  8. mamaqueen says:

    These are better than Chessman butter cookies!! I skipped all of the fancy work though. I just rolled them out and used a knife to cut them into rectangles the size of the chessman’s. P.S. I did not use egg to brush them! Any way you slice it( no pun ) they are fantastic!

  9. Marylovecat says:

    Are you using all purpose flour in your receipt? Is that putting egg (step 2) & milk ( step3) in mixing bowl (step 1) and mix all together? Thanks

  10. Renae says:

    Hi. I’m so excited to taste these! I got to step #6 and was trying to roll the dough but it wasn’t working. It’s so gooey and keeps sticking to the pin and all. I followed every step. Not sure what happened.

  11. Brianna Budd says:

    These are so delicious. So happy with the cookies and they keep their shape so well. Favorite cookie recipe for this year. They were the perfect amount of flakiness. I didn’t have the special cut out things so I used cookies cutters and decorated them with stripes and dots of the yolk. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Carol M says:

    What is the recipe the Chessman cookies

  13. Eylbie says:

    I adore this recipe! I’ve tried it over and over again and it always pulls through. Chessmen are my Hubby’s favorite! Thanks Stef!

  14. Julie Wadlinger says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I only recently found Chessman cookies and fell in love.

  15. Terrie says:

    Do you think the cookie will taste the same using a gluten-free flour? I have been gluten-free free for 3 years. This was one of my favorite cookie along with nilla wafers. I really miss eating both of these treasuredays cookies! Please come up with a gluten-free version of both of this delightful treats.

  16. Dear Stef
    Thanks for doing all this bakework and research. i want to make chess men cookies too but i don’t have a springerle cookie mold. Can you show me how to order one? (i mean i don’t know the size, the item …). can you share the order form for me? thanks!

  17. Ruthie Selch says:

    WHERE is the recipe??

    • Stef says:

      The article is really long so I broke it into pages. The recipe is on the last page. You should see the list of pages numbers at the bottom of the post.

  18. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for sound all the leg work!! I have a batch in the oven right now!

  19. Ookami says:

    I strictly stick to the incredients but I used low gluten flour instead. When I put the cokkies in the preheated oven, it all melt down and doesn’t sustain the shape。
    where did I do wrong?
    The cookie is delicious but not as hard as the genine Chessmen, is there anything I did wrong?
    Looking forward to your reply and many thanks to the recipe.

  20. Nora Lajara says:

    do they bake in a thin cookie sheet of do I need a thick one?

  21. Laurel says:

    Hi Stef,

    I bought these JUST for this recipe! I plan to roll out the dough, press the stamps, cut them with a round cookie cutter, then put them in the freezer. Hope it works.

    THANK YOU for spending the time to figure out this recipe AND for sharing it with the world!

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