From, "California Sizzles...Easy and Distinctive Recipes for a Vibrant Lifestyle," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup flour

  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

INGREDIENTS for Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

INGREDIENTS for Topping:

  • 16 ounces canned Bartlett pears, drained and sliced

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with vegetable spray.  Set aside.
2.  Prepare Crust:  Cream together butter and sugar.  Add vanilla, flour and chopped nuts; blend well.  Press mixture into prepared pan.  Prick bottom and sides of mixture with a fork.  Bake in oven for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove and cool.
3.  Prepare Filling:  Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Spread over the cooled crust.
4.  Prepare Topping:  Lay the pear slices over the Filling. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pears and Filling.
5.  Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Cool on rack, then chill and store in refrigerator.

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