Apricot Almond Cream Cheese Bars

1
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.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2To 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.
3In 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.
4Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven and chill for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 equal bars; dust with powdered sugar.

About Apricot Almond Cream Cheese Bars

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