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

3/4 cup white chocolate pieces (or white chocolate chips?I used
vanilla chips)

LAYERING THE MIX: Combine flour and salt. Put mixture into a 1 quart
jar and pack mixture down firmly. Layer brown sugar into jar, firmly
packing down. Combine the dried cherries, almonds, and white
chocolate chips and put into a sandwich size ziplock bag. Put bag on
top of the other layers. Close jar with lid. Attach recipe to jar.

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


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 togerher cream
cheese, granulated sugar and egg in a small bowl at medium speed
with an electric mixer until smooth. Mixture will be thin, but will
thicken during baking. 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 into the 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.


When giving this mix as a gift, carry out the cherry theme by
sealing the jar with a red gingham lid and band (Collection Elite),
tie a red satin ribbon around the neck of the jar with a recipe
card. Decorate recipe card with colorful cherry design stickers.

RECIPE FROM: Ball Idea Book?Fun to Make Layered Mixes