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Cherry Cheese Surprise Pie

Recipe By: Dionna Hurt
Year Submitted: 2017
Winner First Place

Ingredients

Crust
3 c Vanilla sandwich cookies, crushed
½ c butter, melted
2-3 Tbl sugar

Filling
3 cans tart cherries in water
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 bricks cream cheese softened
1 tea vanilla
½ cup sugar

Directions

Crust
Crush cookies in food processor, grinding into crumbs. Transfer crumbs to lg mixing bowl, add butter and sugar, toss with fork. Pour into pie dish and press into bottom and up sides. Bake for 15 mins. Let cool.

Filling
Make the pie filling by mixing the 3 cans of cherries plus the juice from 1 cans with sugar, cornstarch, salt, and almond extract in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, or until the liquid is thick and bubbly. Set aside to cool.
In mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar. Beat till fluffy and well combined. Spread in the bottom of cookie crust.
Top cheese layer with cherry filling. Garnish with whipped cream.
Refrigerate leftovers.