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Cheesecake Diamonds

Here's a simple recipe that's good to have when guests are coming over. I found it in an old cookbook.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans.
  • Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press the remaining mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In another small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg, beating just until combined. Beat in the cream, lemon juice, peel and vanilla. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into diamonds. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 175 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • cbory4
    May 26, 2013

    I have been making these since 1974 when I found them in my Better Homes & gardens Dessert Cookbook. They are my "go-to" recipe when I don't want to make a whole cheesecake! Always a winner!

  • sj55
    Sep 30, 2010

    This recipe has been used a million times in our family-EVERYBODY loves it!!! It's been around a long time as well-I put a date on my recipes when I first use them and this is dated March 3, 2003!!