Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cheesecake Squares

1/2 c. powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 c. flour
1/4 c. finely ground natural almonds
2/4 tsp. salt
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9-inch square pan. In a medium bowl, beat together powdered sugar and butter with a hand-held mixer on medium until well blended. Add flour, almonds, and salt. Beat on low speed until dough is smooth, scraping down sides. Turn dough into prepared pan. With floured fingers, pat gently against bottom of pan to make an even crust. Bake 10 minutes, crust will be partially baked. Meanwhile, in same bowl, on medium speed, beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and almond extract until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Return to oven, and bake 10-12 minutes longer, until top is set and lightly browned. Remove pan to a rack, cut into 16 squares, and let cool completely. Wrap well and refrigerate.

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