Cheesecake Squares

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate Crust
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 9 (1-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking squares
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Garnishes: powdered sugar, chocolate-covered coffee beans, thawed whipped topping

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare Chocolate Crust as directed. Increase oven temperature to 375°.
  2. 2. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  3. 3. Microwave whipping cream in a 1-cup microwave-safe measuring cup at HIGH 30 seconds or until very hot. Stir in coffee granules until completely dissolved. Cool coffee mixture slightly.
  4. 4. Microwave chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute. Microwave 1 more minute, stirring at 15-second intervals. Add melted chocolate, vanilla, and coffee mixture to cream cheese mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Pour mixture into prepared Chocolate Crust.
  5. 5. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until edges are firm and center is still soft. Let cool to room temperature (about 1 hour); cover and chill 8 hours. Cut into squares. Garnish, if desired.
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