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Recipe: Pear & Cream Cheese Bars

Serves: 16
Source: Land O Lakes

Ingredients

CRUST:
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
PEAR MIXTURE:
3 medium (3 cups) pears, peeled, cored, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
FILLING:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 Large Land O Lakes Egg 



Directions

STEP 1: Heat oven to 350°F.
STEP 2: Combine butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining crust ingredients; continue beating until well mixed.
STEP 3: Press half of crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
STEP 4: Combine all pear mixture ingredients in bowl. Toss to combine and coat chopped pear; set aside.
STEP 5: Combine all filling ingredients except egg in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Pour filling over partially baked crust. Spoon pear mixture over filling. Crumble remaining crust mixture evenly over pears; press down lightly.
STEP 6: Bake 28-33 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store bars refrigerated.

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