Pear & Cream Cheese Bars

Pear & Cream Cheese Bars

Pears, spices and cream cheese are layered between a crunchy oat crust and topping.

30 min.prep time 1:10total time
32 bars
000 Ratings

Ingredients

Crust

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® 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
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Filling

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar in 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.

Combine all pear mixture ingredients in bowl. Toss to combine and coat chopped pear; set aside. 

Combine all filling ingredients except egg in 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.

Recipe Tip

To ripen pears, store in paper bag at room temperature. Once pears are ripe, store refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 130

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 90mg

Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #14945©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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