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Cherry Chewbilees

This is a good dish to carry to potlucks and parties. It's a hit at home, too - my husband rates it as one of his favorite desserts. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil.
  • Combine flour and brown sugar; cut in shortening until fine crumbs form. Stir in 1/2 cup nuts and coconut. Set aside 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Spread over hot crust. Bake 15 minutes. Spread pie filling on top. Combine remaining nuts and reserved crumbs; sprinkle over cherries. Bake 15 minutes more. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate until chilled. Lifting with foil, remove mixture from pan. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 251 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • txzookeeper
    Feb 2, 2021

    I made this as written, except I halved it and used an 8 x 8 pan. If I made it again, I would double the cream cheese layer because we didn't even taste that layer. It came out looking very nice and it tasted fine but I was really disappointed in the cherries overwhelming the cream cheese.

  • Amber
    Dec 31, 2020

    I've been making this with my family for over 20 years. It's something that we have to have at Christmas time, we aren't big cherry people so my mom uses strawberry glaze and we love it that way!

  • 2124arizona
    Aug 6, 2019

    These bars are wonderful!! A favorite with the family!!

  • bernerlover
    Jun 4, 2019

    this is great! Only change I made was used pecans instead of walnuts. The next time I made it I toasted the coconut and I think I liked that just a bit better, though both were great. Hubby loved it too

  • Dianna
    Jan 26, 2019

    Made the Cherry Chewbilees for a Potluck dinner tonight and not a bit left. Very easy, ingrediates I always have on hand, and delicious! I did add an extra cream cheese, sugar and egg (just half the exact receipt) to make the filling a little can never have too much cream cheese! Made in a brownie pan with the removable sides, so when presented, the 3 layers were very pretty. Great receipt, thanks so much for posting it!

  • PenelopeWin
    Nov 25, 2018

    I have made these a few times and they are delicious and easy.

  • Michael
    Jun 26, 2017

    I made these bars but the cooking times seem to be way off. First, the cheesecake filling did not set up in the 15 minutes of time. This is the first time I made this so I wan't sure if it was supposed to be set and I went ahead and put the cherry pie filling on top anyway. It says spread it but I wasn't able to spread because the cheesecake layer was so soft and liquidy. I baked it the next 15 minutes after and it was still quite jiggly and definitely not set. I baked for at least 10-12 additional minutes more than was specified stopping to check every so often. The edges of the dessert were set and could be removed into a bar but the middle was still not set. We scooped it on a plate and ate with a fork. Tasted good. I followed this recipe exactly. Something isn't right with this but I reviewed it over and over and I did what it said.

  • mobil78
    Jan 13, 2016

    I also made this desert for a bible study at my home. Everyone liked it. One friend said it was an explosion of flavor on his tounge. Great desert, like cherry cheese cake in a pan. Yum!

  • bris1fan
    Oct 13, 2013

    I absolutely loved these bars....So did the kids so that makes it a win win for me.

  • RHerwehe
    Aug 7, 2013

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