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Family Cheesecake Squares

 Family Cheesecake Squares
Though these squares may sound time-consuming to make, they're actually easy. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool so you can gobble them up! This recipe's been in our family for years, I like serving the squares at room temperature, but they're good cold, too. They're delicious topped with strawberries or cherry pie filling. I'm a "homebody" who enjoys any kind of cooking (for 5 y
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


  • CRUST:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Dissolve yeast in warm milk; add sugar and set aside. In a large
  • bowl, cut butter into flour and salt. Add yolks and yeast mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Divide dough into two parts. Roll each piece to fit a 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking pan. Place one piece in pan. For filling, beat yolk, cream
  • cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over dough and cover
  • with remaining dough. Press lightly to seal edges around pan. Brush
  • top with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with nuts. Cover and
  • let rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 hours.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into

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Family Cheesecake Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • squares. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 215 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.