Apricot Almond Cream Cheese Squares

"I got this recipe from my girlfriend, after tasting this at her house party, I have been making these bars ever since, they are so delicious, and very rich, also, I have made these for parties, cut them small and served them in tiny muffin cups....I have never had any leftover. Also, I have used this base mix recipe, omiting the preserves of course, in lots of other recipes that call for a base, it always turns out flakey and light, with a wonderful buttery taste! (note: prepare ahead, these squares have to stay in the fridge overnight)"
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Ready In:
36 bars


  • BASE

  • 1 package yellow cake mix or 1 package white cake mix
  • 12 cup butter, melted (no substitutions)
  • 12 cup almonds, finely chopped or ground
  • 1 12 cups apricot preserves

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 13 cup apricot preserves
  • 12 cup coconut


  • Set oven 350 degrees.
  • Set rack to second lowest position.
  • Butter a 13x9 baking pan.
  • In a bowl, combine cake mix and melted butter; mix at low speed until crumbly.
  • Stir in almonds.
  • Reserve 1 cup base mixture.
  • Press remaining mixture in bottom of greased pan.
  • Carefully spread 1-1/2 cup preserves over base.
  • In another bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and egg until well blended.
  • At low speed, mix in 1/3 cup preserves.
  • Carefully spread mixture over base.
  • Combine reserved 1 cup base mixture and coconut; sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake for 30-40 mins, or until very lightly golden brown, and center is set.
  • cool, and then refrigerate overnight.
  • Cut into small squares.

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  1. mandabears
    i am trashing my previous review.i made these for a diiner party at a friend's home and these were inhaled. i guess there are more gourmet in florida than in pennsylvania. i cut these and put them in cupcake liners and they looked gorgeous and tasted gorgeous.
  2. Rachel
    These are so good. I am so impressed. I cut them in 2 inch squares and put them in muffin cups for a potluck dinner at work and they disappeared quick. Makes a nice presentation too! Thank you so much!



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