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apricot almond bars

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Paula Todora
Blue Eye, AR

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

★★★★★ 1
serves 12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apricot almond bars

  • 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 lg
  • 1/2 c
    apricot preserves
  • 1/3 c
    sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp
    powdered sugar, sifted, for topping

How To Make apricot almond bars

  • 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.