CINNAMON CARAMEL CHEESECAKE SQUARES
Makes 24 squares
2 8-ounce packages seamless crescent dough
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar, divided
Flour for dusting
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup caramel topping
Preheat oven to 350 F. Unroll one package of crescent dough into a shallow baking pan. Roll out the dough to edges.
Heat the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl, uncovered, on high for 30 to 40 seconds, or until softened. Whisk until almost smooth.
Add the egg, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the sugar to the bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spread over the crescent dough.
Lightly sprinkle the flat side of a cutting board with flour. Unroll the second package of crescent dough and roll it into a 13- by 12-inch rectangle.
Fold the dough in half from the short end; gently lift and place in the pan. Unfold and gently stretch the dough over the cream cheese layer; press the edges to seal. Cut off corners of dough hanging over and discard.
Bake 22 to 24 minutes, until golden brown.
Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place the caramel topping in a 1-cup measuring cup.
Remove the pan from the oven. Immediately pour the caramel topping over the cheesecake and spread to the edges of the crust. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture; let stand for 10 minutes.
Using a utility knife, cut into 4 x 6 rows to make 24 squares.
Lavish meals are a large part of holiday celebrations, with many people indulging in dinners and desserts throughout the holiday season. This is a time when many families display their best recipes, and these may include certain desserts that can be labor-intensive to make or something more fitting for a special occasion.
Cheesecake is an example of a dessert that, due to the time it takes to create and the richness of the dessert itself, is not something many people eat on a regular basis.
However, with a time-saving recipe, cheesecake can become a dessert prepared in little time for holiday festivities. One to try is this cinnamon caramel cheesecake squares from “Pampered Chef Season’s Best, Fast, Fun & Fabulous” by Pampered Chef Test Kitchens.
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