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Topped Cheesecake Squares

 Topped Cheesecake Squares
These tempting bites from our Test Kitchen are sure to steal top billing at any summer meal or social. Let family and friends choose from a warm drizzle of caramel and almonds, a dollop of fresh fruit and jam or a chocolate-dipped strawberry to top off their cheesecake. Each topping takes only three or four ingredients and mere minutes to microwave.
9 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES:
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 1 ounce white baking chocolate
  • CARAMEL TOPPING:
  • 6 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
  • BERRY TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • 6 fresh blueberries

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto the

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Directions (continued)

  • bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in 1/2
  • teaspoon vanilla and the almond extract.
  • Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until set.
  • Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sour cream with remaining sugar
  • and vanilla. Spread over filling; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a
  • wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  • In a microwave, melt candy bar; stir until smooth. Dip strawberries
  • in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined
  • baking sheet; let stand until set. Melt white chocolate; stir until
  • smooth. Drizzle over strawberries. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Just before serving, cut cheesecake into nine squares. Place
  • chocolate strawberries on three cheesecake squares.
  • For caramel topping, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine caramels
  • and cream. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds, stirring
  • once. Spoon over three cheesecake squares. Top with a dollop of
  • whipped cream; sprinkle with almonds.
  • For berry topping, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine jam and
  • berries. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds, stirring
  • once. Spoon over remaining squares.
  • Yield: 9 servings.