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Hazelnut Cheesecake Squares

  • yield: Makes 24




For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted, skins rubbed off with a kitchen towel
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the Cheesecake

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 7 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Boiling water, for filling roasting pan
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, each round cut into quarters


  1. Step 1

    Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together hazelnuts, flour, cornstarch, and salt.

  2. Step 2

    With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until creamy. Add hazelnut mixture, and beat until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll out dough to a generous 1/4 inch thick. Place dough on parchment on a baking sheet, and chill in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut out twenty-four 1 3/4-inch squares, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until pale golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookie squares can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.

  4. Step 4

    Make the cheesecake: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides. Coat with cooking spray.

  5. Step 5

    Process cream cheese, feta, and goat cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and process until smooth. Pour cheese mixture into prepared dish. Set dish in a large roasting pan, and place in oven. Ladle enough boiling water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of baking dish. Bake until cheesecake is firm, about 30 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Carefully remove baking dish from roasting pan, and let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm, at least 2 hours (or up to overnight).

  7. Step 7

    Run a knife around edges of dish, then lift up on parchment to remove cheesecake. Using a sharp knife dipped in hot water, trim edges, then cut into twenty-four 1 1/2-inch squares (dipping knife and wiping clean between cuts). Place each cheesecake square on a cookie square, and top with a lemon slice.

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Reviews (9)

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Me encanto esta receta, gracias.

    Maria Fernanda

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I usually buy my hazlenuts at Trader Joe's..if you have one of those nearby, they're a much better price and you can get them skinned or with skins. I've also found them at my local SuperWalMart. Be careful to get them at a store that has a good turn around on products though because if not, your hazlenuts might be rancid. Yuck! <laugh> Not fun at all when that happens.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    This sounds interesting I'm going to try it this week. But I have to agree. Everything on Martha's website is all natural. If you're nervous about calories, try just a small portion. :D

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    why does anyone who subscribes to this site want nutritional contents? everything is so very rich and delicious. just bake and enjoy. why worry about what's in it. just eat smaller pieces.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Come on, Martha....can we please have the nutritional content for all your yummy recipes?

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    In Canada they are called Filberts and you can get them at the Bulk Food Store.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Wholefoods has hazelnuts. You can order them online.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I've found them in the baking aisle or nut aisle of the grocery store. I have found them more around Christmas though. Good luck.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Where do you get hazelnuts?