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Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Cheesecake Squares: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 x 13 x 2 inch (23 x 33 x 5 cm) baking pan that has been lined with foil (or parchment paper) across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. Lightly butter or spray the foil with a non stick vegetable cooking spray.

Graham Cracker Crust: In a small bowl combine the Graham Cracker Crumbs and melted butter (can do this step in a food processor). Press mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Set aside to cool.

Cheesecake Filling: In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Pour the cheesecake filling over the Graham Cracker Crust and bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or until the cheesecake batter is just set.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cover and place in the refrigerator for several hours to make the squares easier to cut. To cut into squares - place on a cutting board, remove the foil, and with a sharp knife, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) squares. Have a damp cloth on hand to wipe the knife between cuts. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Makes about 24 - 2 inch (5 cm) squares.

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Graham Cracker Crust:

2 cups (200 grams) Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 13 Graham Crackers) or crushed Digestive Biscuits (about 14 Digestive Biscuits)

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

Cheesecake Filling:

2 - 8 ounce packages (450 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1 tablespoon (15 grams) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin of lemon) (one medium lemon)

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs (100 grams), at room temperature

Garnish: (Optional)

Fresh Berries