Cherry Cheese Bars

"I ripped this recipe from a magazine a long time ago. I made it many times and it always turned out delicious as well as beautiful. Since then, I misplaced my box of recipes torn from magazines until the other day. I had previously tried to find this recipe on Zaar, but couldn't so I was happy to find the clipping so now I can share the recipe with all of you. Since the layers are baked separately, the cook time and the prep time overlap somewhat. Prep time does not include refrigeration time. I have used low-fat cream cheese and it turns out just as good. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
36 bars




  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan.
  • Coarsely chop 1/2 cup nuts for the topping. Set aside.
  • Finely chop remaining 1/2 cup nuts.
  • Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs form. Add finely chopped nuts and coconut.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside.
  • Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
  • Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Spread over hot, baked crust. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer.
  • Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer.
  • Combine reserved nuts and reserved crumbs. Sprinkle over cherries. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes more. Cool. Refrigerate several hours.

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  1. Wow! A neighbor gave me this recipe over 20 years ago. I've been making it every year since. It's always a hit. I use full butter, no shortening.
  2. This is a great recipe. I made it yesterday and my husband and I have eaten almost all of it. The crust is awesome and for those reviewers who said they don't like coconut, the crust is such a different one from others and you know it's special but you won't even know the coconut is in there, unless you put more in it next time like I intend to try. I love, love, love this!
  3. Absolutely love this dessert! I actually started making this a year ago and make it at least once a month now! I actually tweaked the recipe and increased some of the ingredients and it turned out great! I think the only issue was that mine because of the extra ingredients took a little longer in the baking process! Loved this recipe!
  4. This turned out dry. I thought there were too many nuts also.
  5. I have been making these for the past 20 years and did not add the 1/2 cup of nuts on the top. I guess I never really read the recipe right before. They were always a hit. Now I'm going to make them right and see if anybody notices. Thanks for the info


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