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Sweet Cherry Cheese Dessert Recipe

Sweet Cherry Cheese Dessert Recipe

I like the combination of this sweet treat's soft, creamy filling and crunchy crust with a wonderfully nutty flavor. the layer of cherries on top makes for a beautiful presentation. It's not difficult--and is simply delicious.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups crushed pecan shortbread cookies
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cut butter into crushed cookies until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the pie filling and extracts; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Top with filling. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set. Yield: 15 servings.