Cardamom Cashew Bars

Crust — (recipe follows)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
2 eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups cashews — coarsely crushed
Orange Glaze — (recipe follows)
Shredded orange peel — if desired

1/2 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch?tel)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
|Heat oven to 350?. Prepare Crust. Beat remaining ingredients except
cashews, Orange Glaze and orange peel in medium bowl with electric mixer
on medium speed about 2 minutes or until well blended. Stir in cashews.
Spread over baked crust.

Bake 19 to 22 minutes or until top is golden brown and set around edges.
Cool in pan on wire rack. Prepare Orange Glaze; spread evenly over baked
layer. Cut into 2 ? 1 1/2-inch bars. Garnish with orange peel.


Grease rectangular pan, 13 ? 9 ? 2 inches. Beat cream cheese and sugars in
medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in
vanilla and egg yolk. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft dough.
Knead dough on floured surface 1 minute (do not overknead). Press dough
evenly in pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until very light brown.


Mix ingredients until smooth and spreadable.

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