Chocolate Cheesecake Squares Recipe
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Chocolate Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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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:25 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 25 servings


  • 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 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 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 peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 142 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, flour, orange peel and salt. Beat in the egg, egg white and vanilla on low speed just until combined.
  4. Pour filling over warm crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  5. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate overnight. Using foil, lift out of the pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-in. squares. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cheesecake Squares in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p196

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"The cheesecake top was awesome. The chocolate base was dry and gritty. Might use the cheesecake top with a brownie mix next time."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"this was so good! i didn't use orange peel and i used a mix of strawberry whipped cream cheese and normal cream cheese instead, and it turned out really good! and i used less sugar because of the strawberry cream cheese. my mom loved it and wants me to make it again later this week"

Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"The only problem with these is that the recipe didn't make a big enough pan of them! :) Delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"delicious! easy to make!"

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