Surprise your Valentine on February 14th with these decadent Cherry Almond Cream Cheese Bars.
Although it may seem hard to believe, not everyone is a die-hard chocolate fan. Just ask Lisa. Both Charlie and Kevin would choose vanilla over chocolate any day of the week. So we couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without making something sweet for our non-chocolate readers. These Cherry Almond Cream Cheese Bars have three layers of swoon-worthy goodness the just might make even the most ardent chocolate lover forget all about that lonely box of truffles.
These bars start with a buttery shortbread crust made with almonds. A vanilla cheesecake layer adds delicious richness and is generously topped with ruby red cherry pie filling. Finally each piece is graced with sliced almonds and a crunchy crumble topping. One of my favorite kitchen tools – my offset spatula – makes quick work of evenly spreading the cheesecake mixture and cherry pie filling in the pan so you get pretty, even layers every single time (plus avoid burning your arm on the edge of the hot pan – always a plus).
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