No-Bake Cherry Cheese Squares

posted by Pat T 07-08-99 9:06 AM

No-Bake Cherry Cheese Squares

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (21-ounce) can cherry filling and topping
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and melted butter in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Let crust chill while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Put cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, lemon peel and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well mixed. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into prepared crust. Combine cherry filling and almond extract. Pour over cheese filling. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Makes 9 servings.

SOURCE: Cherry Marketing Institute, Inc.

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