Pecan Cheesecake Squares
 
Each square of this scrumptious dessert boasts a layer of shortbread, a layer of tangy cheesecake, and a crunchy pecan pie layer in every bite!
Ingredients
For the shortbread layer
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
For the cheesecake layer
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the pecan pie layer
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the shortbread layer: In a medium bowl, combine flour and ¾ cup brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in ½ cup pecans. Press mixture evenly into bottom of a greased 9x13" baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven, and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. For the cheesecake layer: Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer outfitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Beat in sugar. Add milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and beat until combined. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cooled shortbread layer. Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  4. For the pecan pie layer: In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ¾ cup brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Gently stir in the eggs, salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir in 1½ cups pecans. Pour pecan mixture over cooled cheesecake layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until center is set and pecan pie layer is a rich brown color.
Notes
These would be a lovely addition to a holiday menu!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 7389 Fat: 470g Saturated fat: 203g Unsaturated fat: 225g Trans fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 752g Sugar: 497g Sodium: 2540mg Fiber: 24g Protein: 89g Cholesterol: 1473mg
Recipe by Positively Splendid {Crafts, Sewing, Recipes and Home Decor} at https://www.positivelysplendid.com/pecan-cheesecake-squares/