Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

3 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup cold salted butter, cut into small cubes

1 egg

Filling:

24 ounces whipped cream cheese

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla

2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

4 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Make the crumb: In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder. Using a fork or pastry cutter blend the butter and then the egg into the flour mixture. The dough will be crumbly. Press half the dough into the pan with your hands, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, and then let cool.
  • Make the filling: In a different bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and the sugar until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust, make sure it’s even. Spoon the cherry pie filling  over the cream cheese mixture. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the cherry layer.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before adding the glaze.
  • Make glaze: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over the bars and let set.
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