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Easy Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

D. Rattray
Everyone will love these delicious cherry cheesecake bars. Feel free to use pineapple or peach preserves if you can't find the cherry preserves.

Ingredients:

  • Crust
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold butter (10 tablespoons or 5 ounces) cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • few drops almond flavoring
  • Fruit Filling
  • 1 jar (16 to 18 ounces) cherry preserves
  • about 36 maraschino cherries, drained, halved
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring

Preparation:

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350°.

In a food processor or with pastry blender, work crust ingredients together just until particles begin to stick together a bit. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned around edge.

Let cool slightly in pan on a rack.

Prepare fruit filling. Mix preserves and cherries; spread over crust.

Make the cream cheese filling. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light. Beat in sugar and eggs and flavoring until well blended. Spread over the cherry layer. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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