Bananas Foster Cheesecake Squares
2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons rum extract or 2 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 bananas, sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
25 caramels, unwrapped (about 1/2 of 14 ounce package)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
1/2 cup pecan halves
Crust: Mix crumbs, pecans, butter and sugar. Press onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Filling: Mix cream cheese, sugar and rum extract with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
Add eggs; mix until blended.
Stir in mashed bananas.
Pour over crust.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until center is almost set.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Topping: Toss bananas with lemon juice; arrange over cheesecake.
Microwave caramels and milk in microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes; stir until smooth.
Stir in 1 teaspoon rum extract, if desired.
Drizzle evenly over cheesecake.
Sprinkle with pecan halves.
Cut into squares.
Refrigerate any leftover cheesecake.
Makes 2 dozen.
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