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Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Cheesecake Squares

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 9 servings
  • Cook time:30 Minutes
  • Prep time:30 Minutes
  • Other time:9 Hours

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. Prepare Chocolate Crust as directed. Increase oven temperature to 375°.

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. 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. 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. 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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