Pear & Cream Cheese Bars
32
bars
30 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME

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

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Press half of crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

  4. STEP 4

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

  5. STEP 5

    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.

  6. STEP 6

    Bake 28-33 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store bars refrigerated.

Tip #1

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

Nutrition

130Calories
7Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
90Sodium (mg)
15Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)

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  November 14, 2016

Having too many pears* and always ending up with 99% "chunks" than pretty slices after "processing" these pears by hand, I was getting desperate of what to do with all these pears. Came across this recipe, and good ol' Land-o-Lakes came through! I made this for one of the monthly church women's meetings and it was a hit! Ladies were going back for seconds! This is now going to be my go-to dessert for these meetings as long as I have pear chunks. *Receive my yearly bushel after bushel of pears from a neighbor's "wild-growing" pear trees, i.e., these trees are not tended, simply left to grow on their own. The pears are numerous but basically ugly and very grainy. The neighborhood looks to me to do what I can with these pears every year.

— says Dori
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  September 09, 2015

I made this with freshly picked pears. I did make a couple changes: I used vanilla instead of almond extract and old fashioned instead of quick oats. It came out yummy!

— says Julie
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