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Cheesecake Squares

These Cheesecake Squares are incredible handheld dessert bars. It begins with a buttery walnut crust, and it’s topped by a cheesecake layer and more crumbles of the walnut crust.

How to grind walnuts:
Can you grind walnuts in a blender?
No. A blender only has two blades, and that’s not enough to grind nuts. Use a food processor instead. A food processor has four blades, and it can more easily grind nuts.

How can you grind nuts without a food processor?
Put the walnuts in a zip bag, and place the bag on a hard, flat surface. Smooth the nuts into an even layer. Use a rolling pin or other similar object to crush them until the nuts are crushed into tiny pieces.

These squares are baked in either an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch pan. Refrigerate these bars until you’re ready to serve them. Cheesecake desserts always taste better when they’re a little bit chilled.

The shortbread crust bakes up pretty firmly, helping these squares to be a pretty sturdy bar. They’re perfectly okay to serve on a dessert table as a pick-up-and-enjoy treat.

Cheesecake Squares:
These bars have a delicious and buttery shortbread crust, a rich and creamy cheesecake layer and more of those buttery crumbles on top.

Ingredients

CRUST:
1/3 cup salted butter
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup finely ground walnuts
FILLING:
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

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