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Kiwi Dessert Squares Recipe

Kiwi Dessert Squares Recipe

Be ready to share the recipe for this do-ahead dessert for a large group. It's a real eyecatcher with taste to match! -Marlene Muckenhirn Delano, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:28 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • CITRUS GLAZE:
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 4 kiwifruit, peeled
  • 14 fresh strawberries, halved

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. a 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 16-19 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in orange extract. Cool completely.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and orange extract until smooth. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Cut into 28 squares.
  • 4. Cut each kiwi into seven slices. Place a kiwi slice in the middle of each square; top each with a strawberry half. Brush with glaze; refrigerate until set. Yield: 28 servings.