Dark Cherry Duck

3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1-1/2 cups butter, melted
8-ounce cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
2 cans dark, sweet cherry pie filling (may use red cherries)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix ingredients until no dry crumbs are left. Press into cookie sheet or cake pan with raised sides. Do not use dark coated pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool, set aside.

Cream cheeses with hand mixer. Slowly add sugar, eggs, vanilla and pineapple. Fold in nuts. Spread over baked crust. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until set.

Spread cherries over cream layer. Bake at 400F for 35 minutes or until cherry topping is at pie consistency. Cool, completely. Cut in equal-sized bars. May serve with melted chocolate, Cool Whip, vanilla wafer crumbs as additional decoration.

Serves 15-20.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana