Cheesecake Squares

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These Cheesecake Squares are incredible handheld dessert bars.  It begins with a buttery walnut crust, and it’s topped by a cheesecake layer and more crumbles of the walnut crust.

Cheesecake Squares

You’ll need ground walnuts to make the crust for this recipe.  You can substitute pecans if you’re not into walnuts. 

How to grind walnuts:

Can you grind walnuts in a blender? 

No.  A blender only has two blades, and that’s not enough to grind nuts.  Use a food processor instead.  A food processor has four blades, and it can more easily grind nuts.

How can you grind nuts without a food processor?

Put the walnuts in a zip bag, and place the bag on a hard, flat surface. Smooth the nuts into an even layer. Use a rolling pin or other similar object to crush them until the nuts are crushed into tiny pieces.

Cheesecake Squares

These squares are baked in either an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch pan.  Refrigerate these bars until you’re ready to serve them.  Cheesecake desserts always taste better when they’re a little bit chilled.

Cheesecake Squares

The shortbread crust bakes up pretty firmly, helping these squares to be a pretty sturdy bar.  They’re perfectly okay to serve on a dessert table as a pick-up-and-enjoy treat.

Cheesecake Squares

Cheesecake Squares:

These bars have a delicious and buttery shortbread crust, a rich and creamy cheesecake layer and more of those buttery crumbles on top.

If you’re looking for more cheesecake-style desserts, you might consider trying these:

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Cheesecake Squares

These Cheesecake Squares have a wonderful buttery nut crust.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 squares
Calories 136kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake squares



  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground walnuts


  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch pan with nonstick spray.


  • Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and walnuts. Blend to make a mixture of coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned.


  • Place all of the filling ingredients into large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until well combined. Pour the filling mixture over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate until firm, then cut to serve.


  • A food processor is perfect for preparing finely ground walnuts. Just don't over- process them or they'll turn into walnut butter!


Serving: 1square | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • Sarah wrote:

    Hey!! I was wondering if the walnuts add a particular taste or could if I substitute something else?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Sarah, I’m sure you could sub almonds or pecans just fine 🙂