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Almond Cheesecake Bars

 Almond Cheesecake Bars
The recipe for these delicious cheesecake bars is from my sister-in-law. I've brought them to many functions, and everyone always asks for the recipe. —Mary Couser, Maple Plain, Minnesota
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons milk

Directions

  • Combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar; press onto the
  • bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and
  • extract until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Pour over crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is
  • almost set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Combine the frosting ingredients until smooth; spread over bars.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.

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Almond Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 145 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.