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Almond, Apricot and White Chocolate Decadence Bars

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Almond, Apricot and White Chocolate Decadence Bars
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 36
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Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Apricots, cream cheese and almond paste create the wow in rich and dreamy bars.
Jan 15, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 package (about 200 g) almond paste (not marzipan)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1 pkg (250 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 cups white chocolate baking chips
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat almond paste and sugar with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly but blended. Add apricots; beat on low speed just until combined. Add cream cheese, 2 eggs and the lemon juice; beat on medium speed until well blended. Pour over warm cookie base.
  • 3
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Place baking chips in small bowl. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling over low heat, stirring occasionally; pour over baking chips. Let stand 1 minute. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour and spread over filling. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Success Skip the cooking spray, and instead line the pan with quick-release foil for easy cleanup and removal of bars from the pan.

Nutrition Information

220 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 3 g Protein, 25g Total Carbs, 19g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 36
Calories
220
Total Fat
12g
Saturated Fat
6g
Trans Fat
0.5g
Cholesterol
35mg
Sodium
100mg
Total Carbs
25g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
19g
Protein
3 g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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