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Cherry Cheese Bars
Post by KD7LBR on Sep 17th, 2002, 2:06pm

1 cup walnut pieces, divided
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
1/2 cup flaked coconut

2 package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with butter flavored Crisco; set aside. Chop 1/2 cup nuts coarsely for topping; set aside. Chop remaining 1/2 cup finely.

For crust, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter flavor Crisco until fine crumbs form. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts and coconut. Mix well. Remove 1/2 cup. Set aside.

Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

For filling, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla in small bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Spread over hot baked crust. Return to oven. Bake 15 minutes longer.

Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer. Combine reserved coarsely chopped nuts and reserved crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over cherries. Return to oven. Bake 15 minutes longer. Cool.

Refrigerate several hours. Cut into bars, 2 x 1/2 inch, 36 bars.