Cheesecake Praline Squares

Cheesecake Praline Squares

"A smooth cheesecake layer, a nutty crust, and a praline-like topping make this dessert extra special. I fix these squares often for friends or when my big Italian family gets together. -Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania"
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1 h 20 m servings
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Original recipe yields 15 servings

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  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, butter, pecans and confectioners' sugar. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-24 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour over cheesecake. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

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This was absolutely awesome, however, I do agree with the other comments, the crust was way too thick and needs to be cut down. I was actually thinking of using a graham cracker crust next time.

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This was just OK for me. It's not the kind of smooth, creamy cheesecake we have in Louisiana. Possibly too many eggs. The topping is a keeper however. Like others, I also made half the crust and...

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This was absolutely awesome, however, I do agree with the other comments, the crust was way too thick and needs to be cut down. I was actually thinking of using a graham cracker crust next time.

I followed this recipe as directed with the exception of squeezing a bit of fresh lemon juice into the cream cheese mixture as I was having trouble zesting! These bars are SO tasty. It's a gre...

Very rich and decadent - nice presentation. I made them for a teacher luncheon and received lots of compliments. I liked that I could make this ahead of time, leaving little to be done before se...

Made these squares for a Mardi Gras party dessert. Everyone really enjoyed them.

Followed the recipe to the T and they turned out awesome. Big hit for the party. Will make again.

This recipe is perfect! Don't change a thing! Everyone I've made it for has loved it. Very easy too!

This recipe is a "keeper". I made this for dessert at a New Year's Eve party. Everyone LOVED it. Its nice cut up in squares because it is rich. My family loves the creamy light texture of the...

This was absolutely delicious. The crust is superb- I didn't find it too thick like another reviewer mentioned. I used one package of Neufchatel cheese. I also used half-and-half instead of h...

Yum! Simple to make, yet tastes great! The praline layer on top is a great twist on regular cheesecake.

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