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Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

These bite-size bars are very rich, so small servings are satisfying. They're perfect for parties because they don't require a fork and plate to eat. —Helen Longmire, Austin, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil; grease the foil and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the egg yolk, vanilla and walnuts.
  • Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, flour, orange zest and salt. Beat in the egg, egg white and vanilla on low speed just until combined.
  • Pour filling over warm crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • Garnish with chocolate sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate overnight. Using foil, lift out of the pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-in. squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 142 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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