Cream Cheese Squares Recipe

Indulge in the creamy decadence of these irresistible cream cheese squares. Perfect for a quick dessert fix or a delightful addition to your brunch spread, these squares are sure to please your taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: fruit preserves, chocolate chips, chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, softened unsalted butter, and powdered sugar. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish to form the crust layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the partially baked crust in the baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  7. If desired, swirl fruit preserves or sprinkle chocolate chips or chopped nuts over the top of the cream cheese mixture for added flavor and texture.
  8. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature. Then, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled and firm.
  10. Once chilled, cut into squares using a sharp knife. Serve and enjoy these creamy delights!

These cream cheese squares are best enjoyed chilled, making them a refreshing treat on a warm day. Experiment with different toppings to suit your taste preferences and add a burst of flavor to every bite.

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