Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix:
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
1 jar Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
FOR CREAM CHEESE TOPPING:
1 (4-oz). pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup cherry preserves
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease (or spray) an 8 -inch or 9-inch square
pan. Remove the bag of cherries, almonds and chips from jar; set aside.
Cream together the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and almond extract in a
medium bowl. Put remaining ingredients from jar (flour and salt), into sugar
mixture, blending well.
Add the dried cherries, almonds, and white chocolate
chips, stirring until evenly combined.
Press batter into prepared pan. Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and egg in a small bowl at medium
speed with an electric mixer until smooth, (mix should be thin)
Spread cream cheese mixture over batter. Heat cherry preserves in a microwave oven on high for about 20 seconds.
Stir preserves to remove lumps. Drop cherry preserves over cream cheese topping. Lightly
draw the blade of a knife through the topping to swirl preserves
cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool Cut into 1-1/2 x 2-inch bars. Refrigerate. Makes about 24 bars.