Apricot Almond Cream Cheese Bars

Paula Todora

By
@ptodora

Cream Cheese is one of my favorites, and the combination of almond and apricots with the cream cheese makes these one of my favorites.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

CRUST

1 1/4 c
flour
1/2 c
sugar
1/4 c
cold butter
4 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp
almond extract

FILLING

8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 c
sugar
1 large
egg
1 tsp
almond extract
1/2 c
apricot preserves
1/3 c
sliced almonds

GARNISH

1/4 c
powdered sugar

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. Add butter, 4 oz. of the cream cheese and 1 t. almond extract; mix with a fork until crumbles form. Reserve 1/2 c. crumbs for topping; set aside. Press remainder of crumbs onto bottom and halfway up sides of prepared pan, forming a crust; set aside while making filling.
3
In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz. of the cream cheese, 1/3 c. of the sugar, the egg and the 1 t. of the almond extract. Beat with a mixer at least 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Pour into prepared crust and dot cream cheese filling and apricot preserves. Top with reserved crumb mixture and then almonds.
4
Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven and chill for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 equal bars; dust with powdered sugar.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: German