Saturday, December 10, 2011

Creamy Almond Bars

Serves: 24 Prep Time: 45 Min Cook Time: 35 Min

Ingredients

CRUST
2 c flour
1 c butter, softened
1/2 c powdered sugar                       
 
FILLING
8 oz regular cream cheese, softened
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp almond extract                       
 
FROSTING
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp almond extract
sliced almonds

Directions

1. Mix and press crust ingredients into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.           
 
2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar for the filling with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and beat until just mixed. Pour filling mixture over crust and bake for another 15 minutes.
3.  Combine all frosting ingredients with a mixer. Frost bars when they are cool and top with sliced almonds, if desired. Cut into 24 squares and serve immediately or serve chilled. Store in refrigerator.
 
*These bars would be good with other extract flavors, like lemon!

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