Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe

This Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe would be a perfect snack to enjoy over a cup of coffee while you are chatting and catching up with friends and family this holiday season.

This Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe would be a perfect snack to enjoy over a cup of coffee while you are chatting and catching up with friends and family this holiday season. #oldfashionedrecipes #creamcheesesquares #oldfashionedcheesesquares #dessert 

Old Fashioned Cheese Squares

Looking for a unique pastry to make this year for the holidays? We always love a good Cream Cheese Danish but this is a new recipe that we’ve been trying as well. Of course, I love it because I love anything with Cream Cheese!

I think your family will enjoy this recipe too. It has a few steps to follow but it’s worth it in the end!

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Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe

What You Need:

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Dough

  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs (separated)

Filling

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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In a small bowl, mix yeast with water and 1 teaspoon sugar, set aside.

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In a large bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture is crumbly.

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Add egg yolks and yeast mixture and beat to blend.

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Let rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

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In another bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla extract, until smooth.

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Pat out half of dough mixture on a cookie sheet with sides or a 9×13 pan. Spread with cream cheese mixture over top evenly.

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Pat out the other half of the dough and cover cream cheese filling. Beat egg whites and spread on the dough.

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In a bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 stick butter to make the topping. Sprinkle over dough. Let rise for 1 hour. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you want, you can also glaze with a powdered sugar/milk mixture.

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Enjoy these delicious bars warm or cooled for snacks, dessert, or even breakfast! It pairs well with a nice warm cup of coffee.

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Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs separated

Filling

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, mix yeast with water and 1 teaspoon sugar, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add egg yolks and yeast mixture and beat to blend.
  4. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size.
  5. In another bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla extract, until smooth.
  6. Pat out half of the dough mixture on a cookie sheet with sides or a 9x13 pan. Spread with cream cheese mixture over top evenly.
  7. Pat out the other half of dough and cover cream cheese filling. Beat the egg whites and spread on dough.
  8. In a bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 stick butter to make the topping. Sprinkle over dough. Let rise for 1 hour.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. If you want, you can glaze with a powdered sugar/milk mixture.

Looking for more desserts to enjoy with your holiday guests? Here are a few you might enjoy:

Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
Canned Apple Pie Filling Desserts
Simple Pear Tart Recipe With Fresh Pears
Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake
Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie
Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe
Simple Coffee Cake

Check out all the Desserts and Treats on Little House Living!


If you love these Old Fashioned Cheese Squares you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like these that are perfect for your family!

What are some of your favorite pastries to make over the holidays?

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This Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in November 2015. It has been updated as of November 2019.

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28 Comments

  1. Thud!,,,these look heavenly. I will def try these an get back to you on how the turn out. Raspberry jam might end up here too. But first the originals. Your recipes are great. I know I don’t post a lot but I read it all the time.

  2. These look yummy! Going to try. I ordered your new book, and received it today! I am very excited, can’t wait to get into it!?

  3. These look amazing, Merissa – thanks! I think a vegan version might work with violife cream cheese in the centre, and a shortbread dough made with self raising flour… I am sure I will find an excuse to try it out over the holidays! Thanks again x

  4. I’ve never tried cheese squares before, but I’ll have to soon! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you in the new year!

  5. Thanks so much for linking up to You’re gonna love it. Your post had the most clicks this week and you are being featured! Congrats.. And those look delish!

  6. Hi Merissa, I’ve never heard of Cheese Squares before but they sound quite yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  7. This is so simple that I think I could handle it! I’ll have to try it at some point over the next few weeks!
    Thanks for linking up to the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you again next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  8. Congratlations!
    Your recipe is featured on our Top Ten Features at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

  9. My mouth is seriously drooling. I love cream cheese too and this sounds like a treat that I would enjoy eating. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  10. These look lovely – I’ve never heard of them before, we don’t have them in England, that I know of. They’re sweet – yes? Like cheesecake is sweet?

  11. Thank you for this recipe, it sounds delicious.
    How much yeast is contained in 2 packages of dry yeast?
    I have a large container of loose yeast granules, so I need to measure it out.