This is a rich and delicious recipe!
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2 inch pan.
Coarsely chop 1/2 cup nuts for the topping. Set aside. Finely chop remaining 1/2 cup nuts.
Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs form. Add finely chopped nuts and coconut. Remove 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside.
Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Spread over hot baked crust. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer.
Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer. Combine reserved nuts and reserved crumbs. Sprinkle over cherries. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes more. Cool. Refrigerate several hours before cutting and serving. Yield: 36 Bars
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