Saturday, March 8, 2014

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Bars


1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided 
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
2 cups regular or quick oats
1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves or jam
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Pulse first 3 ingredients and 1/3 cup sugar in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add butter; pulse until crumbly. Add oats; pulse to blend. Set aside 1 1/2 cups oat mixture.
2. Press remaining oat mixture into bottom of a greased and aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 10 minutes.
3. Spread preserves onto crust. Stir together cream cheese, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, and almond extract, if desired, in a small bowl. Spoon small dollops of cream cheese mixture onto preserves; sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; cut into bars.                                             
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