1Heat oven to 350° F (325° F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make brownies as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
2In medium bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. In small bowl, combine pie filling and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
3Cut brownies into 1-inch pieces. In 3-quart glass bowl, layer half of the brownies; top with cherry pie filling and half of the whipped cream. Top with remaining brownies and whipped topping; sprinkle with almonds. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.