Cherry Cheese Bars
  • Crust:
  • 1 c. walnuts, divided
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter flavored Crisco
  • 1/2 c. flake coconut
  • Filling:
  • 2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 21-oz. can cherry pie filling
  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9x2 pan. Chop 1/2 c. walnuts coarsely for topping. Set aside. Chop remaining 1/2 cup nuts finely.
  2. For crust: Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in Crisco until fine crumbs form. Add 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts and coconut. Mix well. Remove 1/2 crumb mixture. Set aside. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  3. For filling: Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Spread over hot baked crust. Return to oven. Bake for 15 mins. Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer.
  4. Combine reserved coarsely chopped nuts and reserved crumb mixture. Sprinkle evenly over cherries. Return to oven. Bake for another 15 mins. Cool. Refrigerate for several hours