Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix in a Jar

Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Jar Gift & Kitchen Mixes & Gifts from The Kitchen Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix in a Jar

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      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

      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 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.

      ADD YOUR OWN CREATIVE TOUCH:

      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

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Jar Gift & Kitchen Mixes & Gifts from The Kitchen Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix in a Jar