1. Prepare MACAROON NUT CRUST.
2. Stir together brown sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in milk, syrup and egg yolks until blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
3. Pour mixture into prepared crust; place plastic wrap directly on surface. Cool on wire rack; refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream, cherries and candy pieces, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover pie. 8 servings.
MACAROON-NUT CRUST: Heat oven to 350°F. Stir together 1-1/4 cups coconut macaroon cookie crumbs (use purchased hard coconut macaroon cookies), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.