These Red Velvet Cherry Dream Bars with their red velvet cookie crust, sweet cheese layer, cherry pie filling, vanilla pudding and whipped topping make these bars the perfect holiday treat. Or better yet, enjoy them all year 'round.
Lynne Feifer: Lynne
1 16.5-ouncepackage Red Velvet cake mixdo not follow ingredient directions on package
2 3.4-ouncepackages instant vanilla pudding
10ouncescream cheesesoftened to room temperature
1 21-ouncecan cherry pie filling
2 8-ouncecontainers Cool WhipDairy Whip can also be used as a substitute
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish by spraying it lightly with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the canola oil and cake mix and mix together until thoroughly combined with no lumps.
Press batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until set in the middle.
Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a medium bowl, mix together the pudding mix and milk. Place into refrigerator to set.
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and combine.
Fold in two cups of the Cool Whip.
Place dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the cooled cookie crust and spread evenly.
Place the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese and spread.
Add the vanilla pudding.
Cover with remaining Cool Whip.
Place into refrigerator to set for at least two hours.
Before serving, decorate with red colored sugar and holiday sprinkles.
If you do not wish to use Cool Whip, I have a Stabilized Whipped Cream that works perfectly in all of my dream bar recipes. For these Red Velvet Cherry Dream Bars, be sure to double the recipe.