Apricot Almond Bars

Paula Todora

By
@ptodora

I love apricots, and this bar cookie combines cream cheese, apricots and almonds and takes it to a whole new level!


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Serves:

12

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 1/4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
plus 1/3 c sugar, divided
1/4 c
butter, room temperature
12 oz
cream cheese, room temperature, divided
2 tsp
almond extract, divided
1 large
egg
1/2 c
apricot preserves
1/3 c
sliced almonds
2 Tbsp
powdered sugar, sifted, for topping

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; Set aside.
2
To make the crust, add flour and 1/2 c. sugar to a medium size bowl; mix with a fork until blended.
3
Add butter, 4 oz. of the cream cheese and 1 t. of the almond extract; Mix with a fork to form small crumbles. Reserve 1/2 c. crumbs for topping.
4
Press remainder of crumbs onto bottom and halfway up sides of prepared pan, forming a crust; Set aside while making filling.
5
In a large mixing bowl add the remaining 8 oz. of the cream cheese, the remaining 1/3 c. of the sugar, the egg and the remaining 1 t. of the almond extract. Beat with a mixer at least 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Pour into prepared crust.
6
Dot cream cheese filling with apricot preserves and top with reserved crumb mixture and almonds. Bake 40 minutes in preheated oven.
7
Remove and cool. Cut into 12 bars; Dust with powdered sugar right before serving. Can be refrigerated before serving and then dusted with powdered sugar.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern