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 piece: 582 calories, 37g fat (17g saturated fat), 137mg cholesterol, 231mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g 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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hunter6295 61434
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

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

rustedgold1 61426
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!"

snteter 94286
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

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

Mrs. Peters 93839
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

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

Amy the Midwife 112447
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

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

Amy the Midwife 52983
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"Delicious! A little difficult to cut and keep pretty, though. I cut it while it was cold and I had to wash the knife off every few inches of cutting."

carolbewley 58163
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"This is probably the best cheesecake recipe I have ever made. It was excellent!"

MY REVIEW 137458
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I brought this to a ladies Christmas party tonight for my church and they raved about this cheesecake. I toasted the pecans in the oven for about 10 minutes or so prior to adding them to the topping."

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