Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Nut Crust

I have one delicious treat to share with you today. Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. These things are so good, I could not wait to finish with my photos so I could take a big bite!

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

Cheesecake is one of those classic desserts that you can find on almost any restaurant menu. When my husband and I are out on the town, it is one of his go-to desserts. With three small kids, date nights don’t happen as much as we would like and sometimes we have to improvise. I’ve started “Fancy Friday’s” where I make a nicer dinner for us to enjoy once the kids go to bed. Guess what my husband requests for dessert? Cheesecake squares!

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

The thing that makes these bites a little different is the chocolate, walnut crust. It adds a rich, chocolate taste with the complement of nutty flavor and texture. This crust would also be delicious paired with pumpkin cheesecake.

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

Here are a few helpful tips to achieve perfect cheesecake squares with chocolate crust. Before you start mixing the cheesecake filling, make sure the cream cheese is very soft. I recommend leaving it out on the counter for at least one hour. This helps the cheesecake come out smooth. Next, line the baking dish with foil so that you can easily lift out the cheesecake after it has chilled. This makes it SO much easier to cut the perfect bite.

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

Make sure to chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least six hours before cutting. I usually make them in the evening and then chill overnight.

The first step in making the cheesecake squares is making the chocolate walnut crust. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Next cut in cold butter. I like to use a biscuit cutter to chop up the butter in with the flour mixture.

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

Stir in egg yolk, vanilla and chopped walnuts. I recommend finely chopping the walnuts into very small pieces. Press the mixture into your foil lined baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.

To make the filling, beat the softened cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Add sour cream, flour, eggs and vanilla. Pour over crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes. Make sure to cool the cheesecake completely before refrigerating. I topped mine with chocolate sprinkles.

If you love cheesecake, be sure to check out these Eggnog Cheesecake Bars [1] and for more simple and tasty recipes, visit me at Food Lovin’ Family [2]. Enjoy!

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!

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Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Nut Crust

Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you’ll be in cheesecake heaven!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Cheesecake filling

  • 1 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  4. Cut in the butter until the mixture makes fine crumbs.
  5. Mix in egg yolk, vanilla and chopped walnuts. Stir until well combined.
  6. Press the mixture onto the bottom of baking pan.
  7. Bake crust for 15 minutes.
  8. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
  9. Add sour cream, flour and salt.
  10. Mix in eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until combined.
  11. Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour.
  13. Optional: Top with chocolate sprinkles.
  14. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  15. Lift foil out of pan and cut into squares to serve.

Cheesecake Squares with a Chocolate Nut Crust - Rich, creamy cheesecake squares with a chocolate walnut crust. One bite and you'll be in cheesecake heaven!