Praline Cheesecake Squares

Praline Cheesecake Squares

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For crust, in a large bowl combine flour, melted butter, the 2/3 cup finely
chopped pecans, and the powdered sugar; mix well. Press mixture into the
bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20minutes or until crust is set and light golden brown around the edges.

Meanwhile, for filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an
electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth. Add eggs; beat well.
Beat in sweetened condensed milk, granulated sugar, and the 2 teaspoons
vanilla. Pour filling over baked crust. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35
to 40 minutes until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

For topping, in a medium saucepan combine brown sugar and whipping cream.
Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; reduce heat. Simmer,
uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the 1 cup chopped
pecans and the 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour topping over cheesecake. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours before serving. Cut into squares.

Makes 48 servings.