Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Tart rhubarb mixed with cream cheese sandwiched between an oat and flour mixture. This makes for a sweet and tart creamy dessert, but not overly sweet. The kind of dessert that tastes good, but does not make you feel too guilty for eating it.

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars

Crust and Crumble Topping
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats and sugar. Cut the butter into cubes and add to the bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in the butter until the mixture forms pea sized crumbs. Place 1/2 of the mixture into an ungreased 9x9 baking dish. Press the mixture down firmly covering the entire bottom of the dish evenly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer add in the cream cheese, sugar and egg. Mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix just until blended. Fold in the rhubarb and then spread the mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining flour and oat mixture over the top of the rhubarb, cream cheese filling. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

Store and leftovers in the refrigerator.

*Adapted from A Farmgirl's Dabbles.
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