Three Layer Strawberry Pie

1 cup flour
1 stick margarine, melted (1/4 lb)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup pecans
1-1/2 pints strawberries, mashed
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1-1/2 pints whole strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Cool Whip, plus enough for topping

Pre heat oven to 350F. Prepare crust and mix margarine and powdered sugar until smooth. Add in flour and pecans. Press into 8 or 9 inch pie pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool. Set aside. Mash strawberries in sauce pan. Add sugar and corn starch, cooking slowly, stirring constantly for 5 minutes, until thick. Let stand and cool. Add whole strawberries. Stir In lemon juice and almond extract.

Cream 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, and add 1 cup Cool Whip. When pie crust is cooled, pour cream cheese filling into crust. Refrigerate until set. Pour cool strawberry mixture over cream cheese. Keep refrigerated. When serving, put 1 tablespoon of Cool Whip on each slice.

Serves 8.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana