Beat cream cheese, sugar, and flour at low speed with an electric mixer; add egg and extracts, beating until smooth. Set aside.
Stir together cherries, cherry pie filling, and 2 tablespoons melted butter in a large saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Spoon hot cherry mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over hot cherries.
Combine crushed vanilla wafers and remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown and set. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
This recipe is incorrect. if you read closely, it tells you to mix cream cheese, sugar, flour, an egg and extract and set it aside --- but it never mentions it again in the recipe.
Since I have made this recipe before (from a different source), I know how this should be used.
After you spoon the hot cherries into your baking dish, use a tsp. to drop mounds of the cream cheese mixture over the cherries, then top with the buttered Nilla crumbs.
Making this dish with the proper instructions turns a 1 star into a 4 star dessert. Delicious served with vanilla ice cream. My advice, don't break the Nilla wafers into TOO small of pieces, as you will love the added texture.
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