Monday, March 25, 2013

Weight Watchers Cheesecake Squares (5 points)

Review by Lyndee:

Makes 16 squares

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened (I used low fat)
3/4 cup M&M or Smarties candies
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 egg
1/3 cup margarine (I used butter)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar, granulated
1/3 cup sugar, brown packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Beat the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the walnuts and flour; mix well.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture; press the remaining crumb mixture into bottom of an 8″ square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Combine the softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla; using an electric mixer, mix at medium speed until well blended.  Add the egg; mix well.  Layer 1/2 cup of the Smarties or M&M candies over the crust; top with the cream cheese mixture.  Combine the remaining candy and reserved crumb mixture; mix well.  Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.

WW POINTS for one square: 5
Nutritional information for one square: 217 calories, 13.6g fat, 0.7g fiber

These are really delicious! I did not use the walnuts and I opted for butter and low fat cream cheese.  Easy to make and came out tasting great.  You could use any variation of the M&M’s. I think dark chocolate or peanut butter would be amazing! 

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