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Almond Cherry Bars, stacked

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!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine cookies
Keyword almond, bars, cherry, cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 small bars
Calories 160 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 3 cups pitted cherries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk or just regular milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing sugar, flour, almond flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and lime zest in a bowl.
  2. Add butter and mix with a spatula until the butter is incorporated into the dry ingredients.
  3. Add egg, almond extract, and lime juice.
  4. Fold to combine all the ingredients.
  5. In a bowl, mix pitted cherries, with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 3 teaspoons of cornstarch. Set aside.
  6. I used a 9x9” pan for this. You can use a 8x8” too.
  7. Butter the bottom of the pan, layer it with some parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper lightly.
  8. Spread half of the dough on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Pour cherries over dough.
  10. Now, you can just spread out the other half of the dough on top of cherries. Just drop equal amounts evenly through the whole surface of the cookie bar. What I like to do it use a cookie scoop and just scoop amounts of dough on top of cherries.
  11. Place tray in the freezer while you pre-heat the oven. This is because you want to keep the butter in the dough very cold, so it doesn’t start melting as soon as it enters the oven.
  12. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  13. Bake bars for 20-30 minutes, until top is golden brown.
  14. Let it rest and cool down for at least an hour.
  15. Slice it into bars. Drizzle almond glaze on top. Sprinkle some more sliced almonds on top.

Glaze

  1. Mix sifted powdered sugar with milk and extract. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar if glaze is too thin, or adding more milk, if the glaze is too thick.