Nutty Cheesecake Squares Recipe
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Nutty Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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I grew up on a farm and have had a lot of good recipes handed down to me. This is one of my favorite desserts to serve when guests come over or at family gatherings and church suppers. —Ruth Simon, Buffalo, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold butter
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 233 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, walnuts, brown sugar and salt; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set half aside; press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. In a large bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth; pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Nutty Cheesecake Squares in Country February/March 1997, p49

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Reviewed May. 15, 2016

"These are my favorite bars. Made as written they are the best! The last time I made these I didn't have any milk in the house and was too lazy to run to the store. Fortunately I had a bottle of Rum Chata with exactly a 1/4 cup left in it. It turned out delicious."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Love this recipe!!! Gave it a quick warm-up in the microwave ..... it's melt in your mouth delicious! Thank you so much Ruth!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"I was very excited to see this recipe! My mother used to make these, but I could not find the recipe after she passed away. I made them last week and family and friends over for dinner loved them! Thank you for a tasty recipe and a walk down memory lane!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I came across this recipe many years ago, in Taste of Home, and it is truly a favorite among family and friends... it is requested for every holiday and any other time I am asked to make something. I thought people would tire of the same dessert every time I bake, but it is undoubtedly the recipe I know by heart and enjoy making! Enjoy!!"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"This was a wonderful recipe- delicious and easy to make. Unlike the previous reviewer, the topping didn't crumble. I was able to cut them bite-size. I also used pecans instead of walnuts, and used half almond/ half vanilla extract. Very tasty!"

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