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Pear Custard Bars

When I take this crowd-pleasing treat to a potluck, I come home with an empty pan every time. Cooking and baking come naturally for me - as a farm girl, I helped my mother feed my 10 siblings. -Jeannette Nord, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in nuts.
  • Press into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake until light brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Increase oven setting to 375°.
  • Cut pears into 1/8-in. slices; blot dry. Beat cream cheese until smooth; beat in 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla. Beat in egg just until blended. Spread over crust. Arrange pears in a single layer over top. Mix remaining and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 28-30 minutes (filling will firm upon cooling). Cool 45 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 225 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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