Almond, Apricot and White Chocolate Decadence Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Apricots, cream cheese and almond paste create the wow in rich and dreamy bars.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

Cookie Base

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
egg, slightly beaten

Filling

1
package (7 or 8 oz) almond paste (not marzipan)
1/2
cup sugar
1
cup finely chopped dried apricots (6 oz)
6
oz cream cheese, softened
2
eggs
1
teaspoon lemon juice

Topping

1
bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
2/3
cup whipping cream
1/2
cup sliced almonds

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat almond paste and sugar with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly but blended. Add apricots; beat on low speed just until combined. Add cream cheese, 2 eggs and the lemon juice; beat on medium speed until well blended. Pour over warm cookie base.
  • 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 4 Place baking chips in small bowl. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling over low heat, stirring occasionally; pour over baking chips. Let stand 1 minute. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour and spread over filling. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Skip the cooking spray, and instead line the pan with quick-release foil for easy cleanup and removal of bars from the pan.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
100mg
100%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.