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Kwanzaa Praline Squares

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Servings: Makes 32 squares
Serve these tasty praline squares anytime during the week long celebration of Kwanzaa, as a lunch time goody or as a delicious dessert at your Kwanzaa dinner. I guarantee that kids and adults alike will love them.

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks/6 oz.) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla, divided
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup toffee bits
3 tbsp. caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

Beat butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar and 1/2 tsp. of the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until lightly browned.

Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix well. Stir in toffee bits. Pour over crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of the caramel topping evenly over cream cheese mixture. Cut through batter several times with knife for marble effect.

Bake for 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled. Cut into 32 squares to serve. Store leftover bars in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Makes 32 squares.

Source: Recipe Adapted from Kraft Foods
Date: November 30, 2008

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