Cherry Cheese Bars

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 36
YIELD: 36 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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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