Cheery Cherry Cheese Bars
1 cupwalnut pieces, *divided
1 1/4 cupsflour
1/2 cupfirmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cupbutter flavor crisco
1/2 cupsweetened flake coconut
2 ( 8 oz.)pkgs. cream cheese, softened (16 oz. total)
1 (21 oz.)can cherry pie filling, or you can use another flavor if preferred
How to Make Cheery Cherry Cheese Bars
- Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan. *Or line pan with foil and spray pan for easy removal and cutting later.
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 into 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. Cut into 2 x 1 1/2" bars or small squares for parties ir cookie trays.