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Apricot Cheesecake Bars

 Apricot Cheesecake Bars
With such an appealing blend of flavors, these bars never seem to last long!
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam, warmed

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in flour and nuts. Set aside 1 cup for topping.
  • Press remaining mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake
  • at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a
  • wire rack.
  • In another small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, milk, lemon
  • juice and vanilla until blended. Spread the jam over cooled crust.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over jam.
  • Sprinkle with reserved topping mixture; press down lightly. Bake at
  • 350° for 17-20 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire
  • rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 bars.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 207 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.