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