Almond Streusel-Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Sugar cookie mix makes the base of a creamy cheesecake bar with a baked-in cherry filling.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cookie Base and 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
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-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.

Expert Tips

You’ll need a total of three 8-ounce packages of cream cheese for this recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
20g
20%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.