Monday, October 3, 2011

Walnut Cheesecake Squares



From the kitchen of One Bite...I have a weakness for cheesecakes. I love to eat them and I love to bake them. I find their tangy creaminess irresistible, and, save for brownies, I don't know a dessert that's easier to make. On the downside, they are calorie laden and commonsense dictates they not be eaten often. I've found it's possible to enjoy them a bit more frequently by exercising a simple form of portion control. Rather than make a cake, I make cheesecake bars or squares which, of course, contain fewer calories than a slice of the same cake would have. It works for me, though it took years to learn to stop eating with one piece. The cake I'm featuring today is a basic cheesecake flavored with vanilla and enhanced with a nut topping. These squares are very, very good. I know you'll like the ease with which they can be made and I suspect you'll find their taste most appealing. Here's the recipe.

Walnut Cheesecake Squares...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold butter
Filling
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
2) To make cheesecake base: Combine flour, walnuts, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set half aside; press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
3) To make filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
4) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.









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34 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

wow My husband is going to love this!! It looks delicious and loaded with flavours and deliciousness!

Ginny said...

Very lovely! And a nice change from cheesecake.

Chelsea said...

I can toootally sympathize about the portion control problem with cheesecake :) what a tasty solution!

titty said...

Che bontà! ci farei proprio una bella colazione!

Jeannie said...

Simply lovely and worthy of the ocassional indulgence...I'll eat a piece without second thoughts for calories!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wonderful combo,delicious squares...

Sook said...

Mmm the cheesecake sounds so delicious. I love cheesecake... Yum!

kitchen flavours said...

It looks really delicious! My family would really love this! Have a nice day!

Dzoli said...

I understand you love for cheescake .It offeres so many possibilities.And tehre is very little chance it will let us down in anyway.Love the topping here:)

Alessandra said...

This cheesecake looks really inviting Mary, i like the idea of doing it with walnuts, I love nuts :-).

Ciao
Alessandra

Au and Target said...

Please may I come and live with you? Please? I'll do dishes!

KathyB. said...

I am most definitely going to make these! Thank-you.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Stopping at one piece . . . now there is the rub.

Happy Monday, Mary.

Fondly,
Glenda

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Wow, these sound wonderful! And such lovely flavors!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mmmm... love the sound of walnut with cheesecake. Wonder if this would freeze well to help with the portion control? Hope you are having some grand adventures! blessings ~ tanna

The Blonde Duck said...

Do you know how to make red velvet cheesecake bars? My sister would love them for her birthday!

That Girl said...

I think panna cotta is the easiest dessert to make, but cheesecake always holds a special place in my heart.

Priya said...

Super delicious squares,sooo tempting..

Jenn said...

Oh I am so with you, Mary! I adore cheesecake. LOVE this idea, especially because of the less calories per slice.... than again, I might just eat the whole thing and that would totally throw that logic out the window! lol

Kim said...

I too have a weekness for cheesacake. I would eat some almost every day... But as you said, there is too much calories involved. Anyway, with little portions we can please ourselves often... These cheesecakes bars looks really delicous and nuts are a great addition!

sally said...

These look pretty irresistible. I think I would eat the whole pan if I made them.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Tempting combo and the squares look irresistible...

Rita said...

These must be creamy good, I'm sure.
Rita

~~louise~~ said...

If there is one weakness I must confess to it's cheesecake. Junior's comes to mind:)

Your cheesecake bars look absolutely heavenly, Mary. The crumbled topping, the creamy deliciousness. Oh my! What a perfect way to celebrate Dessert Month!!!

Thanks for sharing, Mary...

P.S. If you get a chance, drop by my blog. We're having a Cookbook Party!!!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

These look so delcious!I always have a portion control problem so I don't bake too much.

Susan and Abraham said...

Wow, these sound wonderful!

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Ryan said...

That's a great idea to make cheesecake squares instead of a entire cake. Its hard to be disciplined when you have these delicious looking squares in front of you!:) The topping sounds wonderful.

Claudia said...

I make cheesecake squares also - to inhibit my constant slicing of cheesecake - but never with this walnut topping. Lovely.

tender B. said...

Walnuts would be the best topping for cheesecake as far as I'm concerned.

A Spoonful of Yumm said...

these squares look so delicious mary ! i love them...walnuts are perfect for this cheesecake. yumm !

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

When I ask my husband what kind of dessert, he wants, his response is, "Something with nuts," yet I have never made a cheesecake with nuts. That must change now. You have given me the recipe. I can do the baking. Thanks Mary.

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love making cheese cake squares for the same reason. Smaller more manageable pieces! and I say manageable because I only have to work out for an hour instead of two to burn these babies off. mmmm cheesecake....

Carolyn™ said...

I made this today, thought I had the ingredients but only had half the cream cheese so halved the filling. Then I didnt have white flour so used wholemeal. It still tasted delicious and even the picky male eater liked it.

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