Hello friends! Today I bring to you a super easy recipe and video! These Almond Cherry Bars are super chewy, soft, topped with a delicious almond glaze! You will make these over and over!
This cherry bars recipe is one of my oldest recipes on the blog, and today I am updating it with new pictures, a new video, and fixing the baking time below on the instructions.
I had the baking time set to 20-30 minutes, and that was clearly wrong, since these bars take about 45 minutes to bake, and can take up to 1 hour, depending on the size pan you use, and on your oven.
You can use a 9×9″ or 8×8″ pan to bake these bars. With the 9×9″, the bars will be just slightly shorter, and a bit thicker with the 8×8″.
These Almond Cherry Bars are perfect to pack for a picnic, or for a lunchbox.
And they will hold up pretty well for a few days stored in the fridge, but make sure to take them out and let them sit at room temperature for a while before serving. So that the butter in the dough has a chance to soften up.
I have also experimented to make these bars with part whole wheat flour, as a reader had suggested on the reviews below.
By the way, do read the reviews below and on Pinterest! They are awesome! These cherry bars are a crowd pleaser!
So when I made the bars with part whole wheat flour, they still came out pretty delicious, just a bit chewier, which is totally yum!
They also came out a bit dark as you can see on the pic below, the bars right below were made with 50% whole wheat flour, so 1 cup of all-purpose, and 1 cup of whole-wheat.
For the delicious glaze on top of these Almond Cherry Bars, I used an almond glaze. Simply sifted powdered sugar, mixed with almond milk (you can use regular), and almond extract.
If your glaze is too thin and runny, add more sifted powdered sugar to make it thicker.
Now if the glaze is too thick, add a bit more milk. And by a bit more milk, I actually mean a few drops. In glazes like these, a little liquid goes a long way, so be mindful!
Make sure to watch the video on this page and on Youtube, showing you how to make these delicious Almond Cherry Bars!
If you love soft and chewy bars, this is the dessert for you!
If you liked this recipe, here are some more recipes you may enjoy:
- Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Biscoff Brownies
- Chocolate Coconut Bars
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- Dulce de Leche Bars
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Almond Cherry Bars
These Almond Cherry Bars are chewy, soft, and delicious! The most perfect almond and cherry flavors come together in this delightful treat! Enjoy with your coffee, or tea! Perfect for bake sales, afternoon tea time, breakfast, to pack in your lunch!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (9 oz, 255 grams)
- 1/2 cup almond flour (1.69 oz, 48 grams)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (5.29 oz, 150 grams)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature (6 oz, 170 grams)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 lemon (or lime) zested and juiced
- 3 cups pitted cherries
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted (2.65 oz, 75 grams)
- 1 tbsp almond milk or just regular milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
Start by mixing the flour, almond flour, sugar, sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, and lemon zest in a bowl.
Add the butter and mix with a spatula until the butter is incorporated into the dry ingredients. You can also use your hands to make this easier. There shouldn't be any chunks of butter in the dough, it should be totally incorporated with the dry ingredients.
Add the egg, almond extract, and lemon juice.
Fold to combine all the ingredients, until a soft dough has formed. It will be sticky, like a cookie dough.
In a bowl, mix the pitted cherries, with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar, and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Set aside.
Line the bottom of a 9×9" or 8×8" pan with parchment paper.
- Spread half of the dough on the bottom of the pan.
Pour the cherries over dough and spread evenly.
Spread out the other half of the dough on top of cherries. Just drop equal amounts evenly distributed over the cherries. You can use a cookie scoop to do this, as I show on the video.
Then use your hands to help spread out the dough and flatten it. If the dough is too sticky you may flour your hands lightly.
Bake the bars for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Let the bars cool down before slicing.
Mix the sifted powdered sugar with the milk and almond extract. Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin, or adding more milk, if the glaze is too thick. Remember that a little goes a long way when it comes to adding liquids to glazes like this one.
Drizzle the almond glaze on top of the bars. Sprinkle some more sliced almonds on top.
Store the bars in the fridge for up to 5 days, covered. Let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften up before serving.
Flour: I’ve experimented making this recipe with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour, as per the recommendations from a reader, and it turned out fabulous!
Baking time: Baking time could be up to 1 hour, depending on the pan you are using (smaller pan will yield thicker bars that may take longer to bake), and depending on your oven.
Cherries: feel free to substitute the cherries for blueberries.