Easy Walnut Cheesecake Squares

Easy Walnut Cheesecake Squares

Squares of buttery walnut crust with a thin layer of creamy vanilla cheesecake, sprinkled with a nutty crumb topping and baked


24 squares


Crust ingredients:

2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour*
1 cup finely chopped walnuts**
2/3 cup butter, melted

Filling ingredients:

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and nuts together. Add melted butter and stir or mix with clean hands until light and crumbly.

2. Set aside 1 1/2 cups to be used as topping. Press the remainder firmly into an 9x13-inch baking pan. (I use the back of a metal pancake turner to press down.) Bake for 12 minutes.

3. While crust is baking, in another bowl mix cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on low until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently until mixed.

4. Pour batter into the baking dish over the prepared baked crust and sprinkle the 1 1/2 cups reserved crumbs on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. (Don't bake too long, or cheesecake will be dry and not as creamy!)

5. Cool in dish on wire rack. Cut into 24 squares and refrigerate several hours before serving.

Keep refrigerated and use within 7 days, or freeze the cheesecake squares in a Ziplock freezer bag, with waxed paper between layers to prevent sticking.

Easy Walnut Cheesecake Squares

Additional Notes: 

This recipe was passed to me from my friend Marie S. in Ohio. She uses fresh eggs from her own chickens, which gives the cheesecake layer a lovely yellow color.

*I use whole wheat flour; all-purpose flour or pastry flour (whole wheat or white) also work well.

**I use the food processor for the nuts.

Easy Walnut Cheesecake Squares

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

32-37 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

These cheesecake squares are easy to make and beautiful to serve! I love the walnut and vanilla flavors together. This dessert also freezes well and is even yummy frozen for a quick snack.

Easy Walnut Cheesecake Squares


Wow, this really is a great recipe!! I substituted rice flour and corn starch for the flour and added a scant tsp. of xanthum gum as well to make it gluten free. My husband loves his with fruit - strawberry or rhubarb sauce over the top. I may experiment with mixing the fruit into the filling as my Mom made a similar frozen dessert growing up that had strawberries in. We have been freezing these in a bite size to have a handy dessert when company comes over and everyone has just loved them. Many requests for the recipe! :) Thanks for sharing Tammy and Marie S.


I made this recipe, my family LOVED it!! My husband doesn't even like cheesecake but loved this and wants me to make it again. Delicious!!!!


I baked twice in this month. Super easy and tasty. Not to heavy or sweet. It is just right in everywhere.


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