>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 
1/4 cup cold butter or margarine 
4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese 
1/2 cup sliced almonds 
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 
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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