How to make it

  • Make Crust: Heat oven to 350.
  • Line a 10x13 inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until they become coarsely chopped crumbs.
  • Remove all but 1/4 cup to a large bowl, and add walnuts.
  • Process until nuts are finely ground, but not to a powder or paste (by leaving the crumbs, you prevent the oils from making them into walnut butter).
  • Add walnuts to crumbs, and add the rest of the crust ingredients.
  • Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Set aside. Lower oven to 325.
  • Make Filling: In the workbowl of a stand mixer or with a large bowl and electric beaters, beat room-temperature cream cheese until very smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Add sugar, scrape after addition.
  • Add eggs, and scrape bowl again.
  • Add flavoring, and sprinkle on flour, then remove workbowl and scrape the batter down very well, making sure everything is blended.
  • Pour over warm crust, and return to oven.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, til center is no longer jiggly. If you have a thermometer, you're aiming for 160 degrees.
  • Remove to rack, and let cool 1-2 hours at room temperature before refrigerating.
  • Make ganache--scald cream, and pour over chopped chocolate.
  • Let sit a minute or two, then stir til smooth.
  • Allow to thicken 10-15 minutes at room temperature, then pour evenly over slightly warm cheesecake, tilting pan to coat.
  • Return to fridge and let cool at least 4 hours before slicing.
  • For cleanest cuts, dip a sharp knife in hot water before and between slices.
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  • hawgwild 9 years ago
    This looks delicious! I used to live in Nanaimo and I love the Nanaimo bars AND cheesecake, so this will be good. Thank-you! :o)
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    These are soooo good - one of my favorites. Thanks so much! :) Vickie
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    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Excellent recipe!
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    I see recipes for these bars...I've never had one before. Sounds heavenly!!
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    michelle73 ate it and said...
    I'm a Canadian and a Nanaimo Bar lover and these sound like they are to die for! Great post!
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