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Chocolate Cherry Heart

My family enjoys this dessert so much that I make it throughout the year by simply using the pie pastry circles. Packaged products make it a snap to prepare.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling

Directions

  • Let pastry stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Unfold pastry and place each circle on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon flour; turn over. Using a 9-in. paper heart pattern, cut out a heart from each circle. Prick pastries all over with a fork.
  • Brush with egg white. Combine almonds and sugar; sprinkle over pastries. Bake at 450° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully slide crusts onto wire racks to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and almond extract; beat until smooth. Add cream; beat until thickened.
  • Place one crust on a serving plate; spread with half of the fudge topping. Carefully spread with half of the cream cheese mixture; top with half of the cherry pie filling. Top with remaining crust, fudge topping and cream cheese mixture. Spoon remaining cherry pie filling to within 1 in. of edges. Chill until set. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 754 calories, 34g fat (16g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 102g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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