Almond Streusel-Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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

Minutes

Total Time

4:00

Hrs:Mins

Makes

24

bars

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.
Makes 24 bars
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Purchasing
You’ll need a total of three 8-ounce packages of cream cheese for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 140),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 160mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 20g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.