Cherry Cheese Squares

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Cherry Cheese Squares

1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp butter flavoring
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cans cherry pie filling
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour and brown sugar; cut in shortening and butter flavoring until fine crumbs form. Stir in coconut and the finely chopped almonds. Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping.

Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. For filling, beat the cream cheese, white sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in mixing bowl until smooth. Spread over the hot crust.

Bake an additional 15 minutes. Combine pie filling and almond extract and spread on top of cream cheese filling. Combine reserved crumbs and slivered almonds; sprinkle over cherries. Bake 15 minutes more. Cool, and refrigerate until serving time.



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