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Holiday Cherry Cheese Bars Recipe

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This recipe for Holiday Cherry Cheese Bars, by , is from McKee Cooks, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Alex and Mary Catherine Stofan
Added: Sunday, October 12, 2008


1 c. walnut pieces, divided
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. Butter Flavor Crisco
1/2 c. flake coconut
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13x9x2 pan with Crisco. Set aside. Chop 1/2 cup nuts coarsely for topping. Set aside. Chop remaining 1/2 cup finely. Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in 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 for 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla in small bowl at medium speed 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, 2x1 1/2-inches.




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