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Fresh fruit or nuts top these cheesecake two-biters.

These dainty squares of cheesecake are jut two-bite size. Glazed with jam and topped with fresh fruit or nuts, they make delicious pick-up-to-eat sweets for a tea or reception.

You bake the cheesecake in a thin, large rectangle; chill, then cut into small pieces. One pan yields about 5 dozen 1-1/2-inch squares. You can bake and chill ahead, and then decorate just before serving. Cheesecake Petits Fours 21/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter or margarine 3 large packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 4 large eggs 1-1/2 cups sour cream About 1 cup apricot jam 1-1/2 to 2 cups sliced strawberries, quartered sliced kiwi fruit, or whole grapes, or 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Combine crumbs, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, and butter; mix well. Pat crumb mixture over the bottom of a 10- by 15-inch rimmed pan. Bake in a 350[deg.] oven for 5 minutes. Cool on a rack.

With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, remaining sugar, lemon juice, and peel. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in sour cream. Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and spread evenly.

Bake in a 350[deg.] even until cheesecake is set in center when pan is gently shaken, about 20 minutes. Cool on a rack. Cover and chill until cold, at least 3 hours or as long as 2 days.

Using a sharp knife, cut into about 1-1/2-inch squares. Draw the knife smoothly across the cheesecake; wipe blade after every cut. With a spatula, lift squares from pan onto a serving plate.

In a 1-quart or smaller pan, heat jam until melted, stirring. Spoon evenly onto the top of each cheesecake petit four. Top each with a piece of fruit or 2 or 3 almond slices. Serve petits fours, or let stand up to 2 hours; or chill, uncovered, up to 4 hours. Makes 5-1/2 dozen; allow 3 to 4 pieces per person.
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