I feel like the best way to describe this would be to picture lemon bars, but with a almond custard-like topping instead. You still get a delicious, shortbread-like base, but a creamy almond filling. These bars were wiped out at a recent party! Seriously, the plate was practically licked clean. This would be a great option for someone who's not a huge fan of lemon, or just really loves subtle flavors of almonds. It's a very delicious treat, and an easy dessert to make.
Cream Cheese Almond Bars
Recipe from Cooking.com
Ingredients for the crust:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
Ingredients for the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp almond extract
Ingredients for the frosting:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup butter, softened (1/2 stick)
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13" pan. Prepare the crust by mixing the butter and dry crust ingredients together. I used my hands until I was able to form the dough into a ball. Press the dough into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden.
2. Begin to prepare the filling, mixing the sugar and cream cheese until creamed. Beat in eggs and almond extract until fluffy. Pour over crust while it's still hot. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until top has set. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
3. Cream sugar and butter. Add milk and almond extract and mix well. Spread evenly on the baked, cooled filling. Sprinkle toasted almonds on top.
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