Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cherry and Cream Cheese Shortbread

Ok, I'm not sure this is technically a shortbread, but the recipe the dough was inspired by was from a blueberry shortbread so I'm going with it.

It's kind of like an Entenmann's fruit danish, but with a lot more fruit. Plus I added cream cheese to make it a little more indulgent. (Please excuse the pics, the light over the stove was on and gives everything a yellow tint, plus we had a guest for dinner and I didn't want to spend forever shooting the food!)

For the "dough:"
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp lemon rind

For the filling:
1 21 oz. can of pie filling, your choice (I used cherry from my gift basket)
4 oz. (half box) cream cheese (1/3 less fat Philadelphia)

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and lemon rind. Spread evenly in the bottom of a greased 8x8" baking dish.

Cut the 4 oz. of cream cheese into small cubes and dollop over the dough.

Spread the can of fruit pie filling overtop everything, evenly.

Bake in a 325° oven for approximately 45 minutes. Mine was moving a little slow so I raised the temperature to 350° for the last 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and spoon onto a plate and enjoy!

16 comments:

Nowheymama said...

This looks so good!

doggybloggy said...

it looks good but I am going to have to call this more of a cobbler...and a damn fine one at that!

dlpiano said...

Looks delicious! Can I have mine with french vanilla icecream melting over the top?

errign said...

I got the same basket - what a good use for the fillings! I'll have to keep that in mind :)

biz319 said...

Yeah = I won that basket from Errign - yum!!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Ohhhhh YES!! I love those gobs of cream cheese everywhere! I can taste the melted cream cheese in my mouth....so smooth and lovely. You've got my tummy rumbling.

Laura said...

I want that basket :) love all the yummy fruit you got.

What a kick ass dessert-yum!

Simply Life said...

wow, that looks delicious!

live pura vida said...

This looks really tasty. It would be a fun recipe to make in the summer after picking your own berries! Mmm.

Spiceaholic said...

Yum, you can't go wrong if it has cherries and cream cheese in it!

Michelle said...

Hiii Christina!! Sorry it's been so long!!! I have missed your kitchen creations!!! I am a sucker for fruit cakes that have a TON more fruity bits than cake or cream itself. Hmmm this shortbread sounds very much like a secret semi-cheesecake too!!! It looks fantastic!!!

Memaw's memories said...

This looks absolutely wonderful. I'm going to try it.

sophia said...

Oooohh that looks yummy. I'm not a cherry filling fan though, but I'll bet apple filling would also be lovely. Or pear? or peach?!
Hee hee, the dots of cream cheese looks like marshmallows!

Velva said...

This looks good. Very tasty. Served up with a good cup of coffee would be just divine. Seriously, this looks really good.

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

holy crap that looks so awesome girl! what a great idea.. super easy too

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! I have two words for this GREAT!!! recipe YUMMY!!! YUM!!!
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