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Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

 Chocolate Cheesecake Squares
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
25 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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,

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Chocolate Cheesecake Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • vanilla and walnuts.
  • Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 15
  • minutes.
  • 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.
  • Pour filling over warm crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center
  • is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • 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.
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.