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Church Street Cheesecake Squares

Church Street Cheesecake Squares

Until Church Street Cheesecake Squares, I’d never had a recipe for a straightforward, no-fail cheesecake bite, and this one is delicious!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bake, bars and squares, cheesecake, chess square, classic cheesecake, cream cheese cheesecake, dairy, dessert, easy cheesecake bar recipe, New York style cheesecake
Servings: 12 large squares or 48 bite-sized squares
Calories: 239kcal

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Equipment

  • 9 x 13 x 1 sheet pan

Ingredients

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    Ingredients for Church Street Cheesecake Squares

      for the crust

      • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
      • 1/2 cup butter salted or unsalted, melted
      • 3/4 cup pecans finely chopped

      for the cheesecake filling

      • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened to room temperature
      • 1 8 ounce container cottage cheese at room temperature
      • 3 large eggs at room temperature
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

      Instructions

      The Method

        for the graham cracker crust

        • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or butter a 9 x 13 x 1 sheet pan and set aside.
        • Mix all ingredients for the crust. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside. Press into the bottom of the sheet pan. Use the flat bottom of a measuring cup to compact the crust and flatten it.

        for the cheesecake filling

        • Cream both cheeses using an electric mixer for several minutes until very smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition.
        • Scrape down the sides of the bowl before gradually adding the sugar.
        • Add the lemon juice and the vanilla and mix.

        assembling pre-bake

        • Pour the cheese mixture directly over the crust.
        • Using a fork, scatter the reserved graham cracker and pecan mixture over top of the cheese mixture.
        • Bake for 45 minutes. Center should be firm but not solid.
        • Remove from oven to cool for 15 minutes.

        post-bake cutting

        • Cut into squares by running the back edge of a sharp knife around all edges and then through the center. I begin by cutting 12 large squares. If you require more than 12 servings, continue to cut in half for 24 bars or in quarters for 48 bite-sized pieces.
        • CHILL FOR AT LEAST 1 HOUR.
        • If serving as bars or smaller, place into individual muffin papers for easy handling and cleaner serving.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1serving based on 1/12th of this bake | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

        Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.