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Church Street Cheesecake Squares

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Chill1 hour
Total Time2 hours
Servings: 12 large squares or 48 bite-sized squares
Calories: 239kcal


for the crust

  • 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter salted or unsalted, melted
  • ¾ 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


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.
  • If serving as bars or smaller, place into individual muffin papers for easy handling and cleaner serving.


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