PEAR & CREAM CHEESE BARS

Photo by Cecelia H.
Adapted from landolakes.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

32

Bars

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

32

servings

Adapted from landolakes.com

Ingredients

  • Crust

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 2/3

    cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 1/3

    cups uncooked quick-cooking oats

  • 2/3

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 2/3

    cup finely chopped pecans

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pear Mixture

  • 3

    medium (3 cups) pears, peeled, cored, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2

    cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1/2

    cup sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3/4

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Filling

  • 1

    (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2

    cup sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon almond extract

  • 1

    egg

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining crust ingredients; continue beating until well mixed. Press half of crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Meanwhile, combine all pear mixture ingredients in medium bowl. Toss to combine and coat chopped pear; set aside. Combine all filling ingredients except egg in medium bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Pour filling over partially baked crust. Spoon pear mixture over filling. Crumble remaining crust mixture evenly over pears; press down lightly. Bake 28-33 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store bars refrigerated.

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