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Michelle Mitchell’s Cherry Walnut Bars June 2, 2013

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Michelle and Bill brought these pretty pink bars to mine and Ken’s baby shower in September 2006.  Her maternal Grandmother Choquette found this recipe, and the recipe was passed down to Michelle’s mother who used to make them to everyone’s enjoyment.  Michelle says, “I think that these are worth the extra steps.”


Ingredients and Directions

2 cups of flour

1 cup butter

½ cup white sugar

Mix flour, butter and sugar together; the mixture will be crumbly.  Pat into a 9×13 dish and bake for 12-15 minutes in a 350 oven.


½ cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs + 1 egg yolk

¼ cup flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ cup chopped maraschino cherries

1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat eggs, yolk and brown sugar until fluffy.  Sift flour with baking powder and salt.  Blend into egg mixture.  Stir in cherries and walnuts.  Spread over baked crust.  Bake for 20-25 minutes longer.  Cool.


2 cups confectioners sugar

2 Tbl Crisco

3 ½ tsp cherry juice


Beat sugar, shortening, and cherry juice together.  Add enough milk to make the mixture into a spreading consistency.


Aunt Kitty’s Frozen Cream Cheese Fruit Salad

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1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

¼ cup powdered sugar

8 oz cream cheese

½ cup mayonnaise

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1 dozen maraschino cherries, cut up

1 small can fruit cocktail



Mix pineapple and sugar together. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the fruit cocktail to the pineapple mixture. Fold in the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the whipped cream. Add cut up cherries and pour into a freezing tray and let set. Serve on lettuce leaves.


Maraschino Cherry Pound Cake

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This cake is similar to Elsie’s Phillie Cake. It has a delicious and colorful frosting which makes a wonderful variation.



2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1½ cups white sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and halved

¼ cup all-purpose flour



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8-inch tube pan. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Beat into flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Dredge cherries in ¼ cup flour, then fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.



3 oz cream cheese

¼ cup butter, softened

2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped


Cream together cream cheese and butter in small mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar. Stir in cherries. Frost cake when completely cool.


Phillie Cake

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This cake makes a great gift for neighbors and friends. Just bake in a small loaf pan, wrap in colorful plastic wrap and tie with a pretty ribbon. I made it for our neighbors when we moved to Spring Garden Street in Altamonte Springs, a reverse welcome wagon.



1 ½ cups sugar

1 (8 oz) cream cheese package

1 cup butter

1 ½ tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 ½ cups sifted cake flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

¾ cup chopped maraschino cherries

½ cup pecans

1 ½ cup powdered sugar

2 Tbl milk



Combine sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and butter; mix well. Add eggs one at a time; mix well. Reserve ¼ cup flour and gradually add the remainder of the flour to the cream cheese mixture. Toss the reserved flour with the cherries and nuts to coat, then add all to the batter. Bake at 325 degrees in a loaf pan for one hour. If in a small pan, bake for 45 to 50 minutes. After the cake cools, combine the confectioners sugar and milk and drizzle over the cake as a glaze.