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Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

 Cherry Cheesecake Dessert
My mother often made this lovely fruit-topped cheese-cake. Now our grown sons consider it my "signature dessert". Sometimes, I bake and freeze the cheesecake ahead. On the day I serve it, I thaw it, then add the fruit. -Christine Eilerts Tulsa, Oklahoma
9 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


  • In small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter.
  • Press into a greased 8-in. square baking dish; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until
  • smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into
  • crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until almost set. Cool for 1
  • hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Spoon pie
  • filling over top. Yield: 9 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 377 calories, 21 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.