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.