August 6, 2011

Savannah Cheesecake Cookies

Savannah Cheesecake Cookies
Courtesy of The Lady & Sons Just Desserts by Ms. Paula Deen

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 
1 cup chopped pecans 
1 stick butter, melted
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 
1 cup granulated sugar 
3 eggs 
1 teaspoon pure almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Finely chop your cup of chopped pecans.  Combine flour, brown sugar, pecans, and butter in bowl into a ball. Press dough into an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

For filling, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar together until smooth, in your mixer or using a handheld electric mixer; add eggs and extract; beat well. Pour over crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely & then cover in foil & refrigerate for several hours.  Cut into squares before serving.

Ms. Deen suggests decorating the tops with berries and mint leaves which I think would be very pretty.  My batch left the kitchen just plain & in large and small bites (of course for the boys & the girls).

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