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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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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 crumb mixture; 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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