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Almond, Apricot and White Chocolate Decadence Bars

Almond, Apricot and White Chocolate Decadence Bars
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 36
Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Apricots, cream cheese and almond paste create the wow in rich and dreamy bars.
Updated May 5, 2008
Make With
Make With
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

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

Steps

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
220
Calories from Fat
110
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
100mg
4%
Potassium
95mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
19g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
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 Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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