>From the Betty Crocker website...


Almond Streusel-Cherry Cheesecake Bars (Cookie Mix)

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 
Start to Finish:4 hr 
Makes:24 bars

Cookie Base and Topping
1          pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/4cup cold butter or margarine
4oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese
1/2cup sliced almonds

2 1/2packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (20 oz), softened
1/2cup sugar
2tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1teaspoon almond extract
1can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

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.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat 20 oz cream cheese, the sugar, flour, almond 
extract and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base. Spoon pie 
filling evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved topping and 

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.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): In step 1, bake cookie base 15 minutes. In step 
4, bake 45 to 50 minutes.
~~~***Rhonda G in Missouri***~~~

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