Cinnamon Cheesecake Squares


I have a secret.

It is kind of shameful really.

But…here goes. Deep. Breath.

I don’t love pumpkin spice flavored…well…anything.

Let the judgment begin.

I love fall. I love the colors. I love the crisp cool air. I love cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg…but I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin. I love the idea of pumpkin and I love pumpkin scented things…I’m just not a huge fan of the taste.

That being said. I’m always excited to capture the taste of fall without the pumpkin. I have made these Cinnamon Cheesecake Squares a couple of times this fall and they seem to be a pretty big hit. These tasty little squares would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving table.

Cinnamon Cheesecake Squares

Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb

For the Crust 
15 graham cracker sheets
¼ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Cinnamon Roll Filling
¼ cup butter
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon flour
Cheesecake Layer
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg at room temperature
2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350, line an 9×9 inch pan with foil and grease with cooking spray. Pulse graham crackers in your food processor until fine crumbs form. Add sugar and cinnamon and pulse. Add melted butter and continue to pulse another 30 seconds. Press mixture into prepared pan. Bake 5 minutes.
For the cinnamon roll filling: in a small sauce pan combine butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat and stir until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Stir in vanilla and flour.
For the cheesecake layer: in a large bowl whisk together egg and sugar until foamy. Add cream cheese, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Pour mixture on top of baked crust. Drizzle cinnamon roll filling over cheesecake layer in any pattern you desire and use a toothpick to swirl into cheesecake layer. Bake 35 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Allow to cool 30 minutes, then continue cooling in the fridge. When completely cooled, cut and serve. Store in airtight container in fridge.

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