Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Squares~

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Squares...adapted from Taste of Home

1 cup graham cracker crumbs 

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans 

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 

1/2 cup sugar 

1/4 cup sour cream 

2 eggs, lightly beaten 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

24 ounces semisweet chocolate (6 Ghirardelli bars) 

3 tablespoons shortening 

Line a 8 or 9 square baking pan with foil and grease the foil. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans and butter. Press into prepared pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust.

Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until chilled. Freeze overnight.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Cool slightly. Using foil, lift cheesecake out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into 49 squares. Remove a few pieces at a time for dipping; keep remaining squares refrigerated until ready to dip.

Using a toothpick, completely dip squares, one at a time, in melted chocolate. Place on parchment lined baking sheets; spoon about 1 teaspoon chocolate over each. (Reheat chocolate if needed to finish dipping.) Let stand for 20 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Makes 49 servings.