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French Apricot Cream Cheese Bars

My sister-in-law gave me her recipe for apricot cream cheese bars years ago. They’re so yummy, I like to include them with all of the cookies and candy on my Christmas goodie tray.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 package French vanilla cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jar (10 to 12 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Remove 1-1/2 cups and set aside. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Spread apricot preserves over warm crust.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Drop by spoonfuls and spread over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set and topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 128 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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