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Topped Cheesecake Squares

These tempting bites from our Test Kitchen are sure to steal top billing at any summer meal or social. Let family and friends choose from a warm drizzle of caramel and almonds, a dollop of fresh fruit and jam or a chocolate-dipped strawberry to top off their cheesecake. Each topping takes only three or four ingredients and mere minutes to microwave.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 1 ounce white baking chocolate
  • 6 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • 6 fresh blueberries


  • In a small bowl, combine crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and the almond extract.
  • Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sour cream with remaining sugar and vanilla. Spread over filling; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  • In a microwave, melt candy bar; stir until smooth. Dip strawberries in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; let stand until set. Melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Drizzle over strawberries. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Just before serving, cut cheesecake into nine squares. Place chocolate strawberries on three cheesecake squares.
  • For caramel topping, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine caramels and cream. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds, stirring once. Spoon over three cheesecake squares. Top with a dollop of whipped cream; sprinkle with almonds.
  • For berry topping, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine jam and berries. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds, stirring once. Spoon over remaining squares.
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  • shawnba
    Dec 7, 2017

    Really good cheesecake, I will definitely make this again. I actually doubled this and baked it in. 13x9 Pan, so it’s also great for a crowd

  • markhdavis
    Jun 26, 2014

    Delicious recipe. Could not find chocolate crumbs so used Belvita crackers crumbled up which worked fine. Substituted Greek cream cheese/yoghurt blend which worked fine also. Topped with cherry compote and a little drizzle of Chambord. Lots of rave reviews. p.s. Went a little heavy on the vanilla.

  • trudypost
    Jun 6, 2011

    This looks like a nice easy recipe,I love that it uses an 8 inch square pan instead of a springform pan,also I think it could be topped with lots of other things and not just limited to the three toppings shown here.

  • jelly9713
    Dec 23, 2010

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