Monday, March 31, 2008

Favorite Cheesecake Squares

Words cannot even begin to express my love for cheesecake. I could write a small novel on all of its wonderful qualities. Every time I have a serious break up, bad day at work or really any sort of stress in my life, the first thing I turn to is cheesecake. It’s my source for relief and tranquility. In fact, I'm going to create a category on my blog dedicated solely to cheesecake. These scrumptious cheesecake squares are sure to be a big hit.

Favorite Cheesecake Squares

Yield: 16 servings

¼ cups Margarine
1/3 cups Packed Brown Sugar
1 cups Unbleached All-purpose Flour
½ cups Chopped Walnuts
8 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
¼ cups Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Large Egg
¾ cups M&M Candies*

*NOTE: You can use any type of milk chocolate candies in place of the M&Ms.

Beat margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour and walnuts, mix well. Reserve ½ cup crumb mixture; press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. 10 mins. Combine cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add egg, mix well. Layer ½ cup candy over crust; top with cream cheese mixture. Combine remaining candy, chopped, and reserved crumb mixture; mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture over cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F., 20 minutes. Cool and cut in to 16 equal squares.

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