Almond Cream Cheese Bars

This recipe for almond bars is creamy, sweet and delicious. The filling is smooth and the shortbread crust is crunchy. Great for the holidays, game day parties, potlucks or dessert!

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Cream cheese is one of the most magical of ingredients. With a soft texture that brings together  richness, tanginess, and creaminess, it enhances any dessert. It has a sharp, biting taste that, when blended with other ingredients, mellows the sharpness to a versatile level; making it easy to incorporate into many desserts as just one ingredient rather than a whole concoction needed to make the same flavor. 

That is why these almond cream cheese bars are so delectable, they will have you making yummy sounds and using words like 'scrumptious'. 

You can make this easy dessert as any holiday dessert, potluck dessert, or even bake sale item and people will think you were in the kitchen for hours making these dessert bars. 

With the perfect burst of almond flavor from the filling and the frosting, together with the cheesecake-like smooth, creamy filling. All on top of a crunchy shortbread crust. This dessert bar is not only a personal family favorite, it's a crowd pleaser. 

If you happen to make too many, you can invite me over and I will gladly help you finish them off . . . or you can freeze them. Freezing is simple. Wait until the frosting has cooled and solidified, then place flat in a ziploc. If you have more than one layer just separate with wax paper. 

I would avoid microwaving or using the oven when it's time to take them out. If you let them thaw at room temperature, whether it's the whole bag or just a few, set them out on the counter for a few hours and they will taste like you just made them! 

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Recipe tips:

  • These are freezer friendly! Once cooled, store flat in a ziploc bag for up to one month.

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Yield 12 Bars
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
20 Min
Cook time
40 Min
Total time
1 Hour

Almond Cream Cheese Bars


  • Crust:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds


  1. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry blender.
  2. Press into a 9x13 glass baking dish. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  3. Filling:
  4. Beat sugar and cream cheese with mixer until combined. Beat in eggs and almond extract until fluffy.
  5. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  6. Frosting:
  7. Cream sugar, milk, butter and almond extract until combined.
  8. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Sprinkle with almonds. Cut and serve!

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  1. Sheena, saw these at All My Bloggy Friends and they look SO delicious...I love almond. Thanks for sharing and am pinning! Have a wonderful week.

  2. These look delicious.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  3. These look really good! I love dessert type bars and I love almond and cream cheese:) I can't wait to try these! You have a lot of really good recipes on here- I am your newest follower on Google+ !

  4. Yummy! You should bring these over to Tumbleweed Contessa. I'd love for you to share them with us.


  5. oh my goodness - these look so incredible! LOVE almond!

    found you at Feeding big

  6. I just made these and they're delicious! Very sweet so there will be enough for LOTS of people!

    1. I'm SO glad you liked them, Judith! Thanks so much for letting me know! :)

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. Your recipe was the most clicked last week and will be featured at this weeks party and in my new post that will list the Top 10 from last week!

    Cynthia from

  8. Hi Sheena :)This sounds wonderful and easy! Thank you so much for linking up last week - you had the most views and I'm stopping by to let you know that you'll be featured at tomorrow's All my Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

  9. Another delicious recipe and it's our Spotlight of the Week:

    Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  10. Sheena - this recipe sounds and looks fabulous. I am wild about cream cheese and am pinning this to make...when I can share it cause I'd be sure to eat up the whole thing. Gotta tell you this...last week I was in ER with tummy pains...I had 2 sweet's name was Sheena and the other looked like you! Honest! And I told them about you too...gave us a good giggle. Small world huh? Enjoy a great weekend.

  11. These bars look delicious! :)

    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  12. Sheena,
    These look and sound delicious! I love almond flavor in desserts. So glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was great too. I got to spend the day with my Mom and Sister-in-law and the rest of the family too. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Creations every week with your wonderful recipes. Have a great weekend :)

  13. Can we make these soon???? Please and thank you!

  14. Brand New to your blog. I found this on Love Bakes Good cakes. SO glad I did because I love almond flavor. Can't wait to try it!

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! I'm so glad you stopped by! I love almond flavor too! :)

  15. These bars sound awesome, Sheena! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday Sweet Treats Party!

  16. I don't have a glass dish, can a metal one be used?


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