ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • For the Filling/Topping:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the flour and vanilla until combined. Stir in the nuts.

Press into a greased 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Increase heat to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Pour over crust. Cut pears into 1/8-inch slices; arrange in a single layer over filling.

Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28-30 minutes (center will be soft set, but will become firmer upon cooling). Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.

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Recipe reprinted by permission of Reiman Publications, LLC. © 2002. All rights reserved.

RecID 4977

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