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Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

Servings: 12
For Crust and Topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, (1 stick) melted

For Filling:
2 packages (8-oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

For Crust and Topping
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Combine flour, nuts, brown sugar and butter in medium bowl; reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just until light golden brown.

For Filling:
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in evaporated milk.

Microwave chocolate chips in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. The chocolate chips may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until chocolate chips are melted. Beat into cream cheese mixture. Pour over hot crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping mixture.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan to room temperature. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.

NOTE: Store in refrigerator after serving.

Makes 12 servings.

Source: Nestle USA
Date: July 29, 2003