Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • Cookie Base & Topping
  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Filling

  • 2 1/2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (20 oz), softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Place cookie mix in large bowl. Cut in butter and 4 oz cream cheese, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 12 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat 20 oz cream cheese, the sugar, flour, almond extract and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  • 3 Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base. Spoon pie filling evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved topping and almonds.
  • 4 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 Bar | 24 Servings

  • Calories 270
  • Total Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 160mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Protein 4g

SmartPoints: 11

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