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Cherry Walnut Squares Recipe

Cherry Walnut Squares

1 c. walnuts, divided
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. flaked coconut
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop 1/2 cup walnuts coarsely and set aside for top of squares. Chop remaining walnuts fine for bottom layer. Combine flour, brown sugar and butter and blend to fine crumbs. Add coconut and finely chopped walnuts and mix well. Set aside 1/2 cup. Pack remainder into bottom of greased baking pan (9 x 13-inches). Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes until edges are very lightly browned. Meanwhile, soften cream cheese and beat in 1/3 cup sugar, egg and vanilla. Continue beating until very smooth. Spread over hot baked layer and bake 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer. Sprinkle with the coarsely chopped walnuts and reserved crumbs. Bake 15 minutes longer. Cool, then cut into squares.



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