No-Bake Cherry Cheese Square

1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups whipped cream
1 can (21 oz.) cherry filling and topping
½ tsp. almond extract

  1. 1. In medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup sugar, and melted butter; mix well.
  2. Press crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9x9x2-in. baking pan. Chill crust while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, remaining ¼ cup sugar, lemon peel and vanilla.
  4. Whip until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared crust.
  5. Combine cherry filling and almond extract. Pour over cheese filling. Chill until ready to serve.

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