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Cherry Cheese Bars

 
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These cherry cream cheese bars were divine. The cream cheese added the rich creaminess; I made my own cherry pie filling, which was packed with cherry flavour and not super sweet, also did a few changes to make these bars healthier (see the linked recipe below) but still decadent.

Yield

18

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

45

min

Ready

3

hrs

 

Ingredients

Crust
1 cup walnuts
pieces, divided
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
firmly packed
*
½ cup vegetable shortening
butter flavour
*
½ cup coconut
flaked
*
Filling
2 packages cream cheese
softened, 8 ounces each
cup sugar
granulated
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
21 ounces cherry pie filling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃). Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan with Butter Flavor shortening. Set aside.

Chop ½ cup nuts coursely for topping. Set aside. Chop remaining ½ cup nuts, finely.

For crust:

Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in Butter Flavor shortening until fine crumbs form.

Add ½ cup finely chopped nuts and coconut. Mix well. Remove ½ cup. Set aside. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan.

Bake at 350℉ (180℃) F for 12 to 15 minutes, until edges are lighty browned.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs and smooth. Spread over hot baked crust. Return to oven. Bake 15 minutes longer. Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer.

Combine reserved coursely chopped nuts and reserved crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over cherries.

Return to oven. Bake 15 minutes longer. Cool. Refrigerate several hours. Cut into bars, about 2 x 1½ inches.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 71g (2.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 18741% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% Iron 5%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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