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Cheesecake Praline Squares Recipe
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Cheesecake Praline Squares Recipe

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A smooth cheesecake layer, a nutty crust, and a praline-like topping make this dessert extra special. I fix these squares often for friends or when my big Italian family gets together. -Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 582 calories, 37 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 137 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, butter, pecans and confectioners' sugar. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20-24 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour over cheesecake. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Cheesecake Praline Squares in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p33

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Huge hit at Christmas. My sister-in-law requested it again for Thanksgiving this year."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"Forgot to rate this when I actually made it a while ago now. Very good and I will make again soon!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"These are wonderful! I've made them for quite a few events and everyone always wants the recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"The bottom is too thick and its too sweet for my taste."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"Several people at work asked for the recipe! A definite keeper!"

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