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Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars

Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars. A freezer friendly recipe with the delicious combination of dried apricots in a citrus flavoured cheesecake surrounded by buttery shortbread crumble.

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Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars

These Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars are the latest in my flavour experiments with one of my favourite freezer-friendly cookie bar recipes.

Dried apricots for Apricot Coconut Cookie Bars shown in white ramekin.

Dried apricots for Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars

Apricot and orange is a great flavour combination. Naturally, they go deliciously hand in hand in these buttery cheesecake bars. These are very easy to make and freeze well.

They are always a hit for cookie exchanges, pot luck get togethers and just for enjoying at an afternoon coffee break.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Use seasonal citrus like clementines or tangerines to vary the flavour.

The fact that they are so freezer friendly lets you make them even weeks ahead of time for your Christmas or other Holiday baking.

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Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars

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Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars close up photo of the cookie bars stacked with oranges and apricots in background
Yield: 24 cookie bars

Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Apricot Orange Cheesecake Bars - a freezer friendly recipe with the delicious combination of dried apricots in a citrus flavored cheesecake surrounded by buttery shortbread crumble.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 1 cup 8 ouncescream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest, finely minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

Instructions

  1. In a food processor pulse together the flour, vanilla, sugar and butter until crumbly (or simply cut the butter through the flour and sugar with a pastry knife or two butter knives held between your fingers)
  2. Save a 1/2 cup of this crumble mixture to sprinkle over the top later.
  3. Press the rest of the crumble mixture into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes while preparing the cheesecake filling.
  5. Beat together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Beat in the egg and orange zest.
  7. Fold in the chopped apricots.
  8. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly onto the pre-baked cookie base and sprinkle the reserved cookie crumble over the surface.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
  10. Refrigerate in airtight containers. Freezes well too.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 cookie bars

Amount Per Serving Calories 99Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 18mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Anne Fong from Malaysia

Tuesday 20th of March 2018

I rate your apricot orange cheesecake bar as excellent. I have baked this recipe twice and my friends ask me for the recipe. I have printed out some of your recipes and I will try them. Thank you for your recipes.

Inga

Friday 23rd of June 2017

Will this recipe work with fresh apricots? Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Too much moisture there I think,

Liz

Sunday 15th of November 2015

Thank you for the nice recipe.

Barbara

Saturday 15th of August 2015

How long this cookies will last in the freezer? Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

A few weeks in a sealed container.

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