Wednesday, March 06, 2013

M&M Cheesecake Squares

This is a slightly different type of square. A regular, caramely crumble crust, topped with cream cheese filling and candy coated chocolates (M&M's or Smarties). Add nuts or chocolate chips or toffee bits as you wish! The crust is tasty, the cheesecake filling is creamy, and the candies add a special touch. I used miniature candies in the center and big ones on top.
M&M Cheesecake Squares
1/3 cup hard margarine, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1 package (8 ounces/250 grams) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 cup candy coated chocolates (regular or mini)
or substitute/add chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together. Stir in the flour Reserve 1/2 cup, and press remaining mixture into prepared pan. Bake for ten minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Add egg, beat well.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of candy over baked crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over top. Combine remaining candy and crust and crumble over top. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

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