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!
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 9x9" or 8x8" pan with parchment paper.
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.