Festive Jewel Nut Bars

READY IN: 35mins




  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • 3. While bottom layer is baking - make cream cheese layer by mixing the following in a small bowl:
  • 4. 1 regular package of philadelphia cream cheese (not the small size).
  • 5. 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar.
  • 6. 1 egg.
  • 7. 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • 8. Mix cream cheese layer with electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Spread on crumb layer and then continue with recipe below.
  • 9. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat egg. Add salt and remaining brown sugar.
  • 10. Stir in the nuts, cherries and chocolate chips.
  • 11. Spoon evenly over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven. Be careful not to over cook these.
  • 12. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield 2 dozen.
  • The original recipe does not call for a layer of cream cheese. I modified the recipe to suit my taste after I made it the first time without the cream cheese layer. I felt it was too dry and needed additional texture that the cream cheese layer adds nicely.