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Cherry Almond Bars

August 19, 2016Teresa

Cherry Almond Bars are gooey, fruit bars that are festive and beautiful for any occasion. While these make a great treat for the holidays, certainly you can make them anytime of the year. These blondies have a shortbread crust topped with cherry preserves and lots of sliced almonds. This is a splendid dessert for company. If you’re a cherry lover these bar-type cookies are an absolute delight.

A few months ago I made up a salad that used cherry preserves in the salad dressing. I had those cherry preserves in the refrigerator so I was wondering what I could do to use them up. When I remade a batch of Apricot Almond Bars a few weeks ago, I realized that the same basic recipe would work well for cherries too. So I gave it a whirl. Yes, it was wonderful. Cherries and almonds always work well together.

Cherry Almond Bars are very gooey so I recommend freezing or refrigerating the bars before cutting. If you’re looking for a dream dessert for company, then this recipe needs to be on your list. Every bite will have you drooling. 🙂

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Cherry Almond Bars are festive treats that are especially terrific for the holidays.

Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds

If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love these fruit-filled bars.

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Cherry Almond Bars are a great dessert for any occasion. 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Soften butter. I usually microwave it so that it’s half-way between softened and melted. That makes it easier to work into the crust dough. Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add powdered sugar.

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Stir ingredients to combine.

Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds

Grease a 9×13″ glass baking dish. Press crust ingredients firmly into prepared dish.

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Place in a 350 oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven.

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Meanwhile, as crust is baking prepare filling. Place sugar, egg, cherry preserves, vanilla and a tablespoon of butter into mixing bowl.

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Whisk ingredients to combine.

Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds

Pour cherry filling into pre-baked crust.

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Top with almonds.

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Bake at 350 an additional 15-20 minutes until set.

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Almonds make these bars nice and crunchy.

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If you take a tray of Cherry Almond Bars to your office, they will be gobbled down immediately.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY ALMOND BARS

(Recipe inspired from my Apricot Almond Bars)

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These amazing blondies have a shortbread crust, topped with a cherry preserve topping, and sprinkled with sliced almonds on top. These beautiful, festive treats are great for holiday baking.
Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir flour, sugar and butter.
  2. Spread into the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of a 9x13” glass baking dish that has been sprayed well with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° oven for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. For topping, beat egg, sugar, preserves, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  5. Spread evenly over hot crust.
  6. Sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Cool.
Recipe Notes
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[b]Cherry Almond Bars[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – inspired by my [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/11/30/apricot-almond-bars/” target=”_blank”]Apricot Almond Bars[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
These amazing blondies have a shortbread crust, topped with a [url href=”http://www.smuckers.com/products/fruit-spreads/preserves/cherry-preserves” target=”_blank”]cherry preserve[/url] topping, and sprinkled with sliced[url href=”https://fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank”]almonds[/url] on top. These beautiful, festive treats are great for holiday baking.
Ingredients
  • [b]CRUST:[/b][br]
  • 1 ½ cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • Âľ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Âľ cup unsalted butter, softened or melted[br]
  • [b]TOPPING:[/b][br]
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8-10-oz. [url href=”http://www.smuckers.com/products/fruit-spreads/preserves/cherry-preserves” target=”_blank”]Smucker’s[/url] cherry preserves
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened or melted
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Âľ to 1 cup sliced [url href=”https://fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank”]Fisher[/url] almonds
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir flour, sugar and butter.
  2. Spread into the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of a 9×13” glass baking dish that has been sprayed well with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° oven for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. For topping, beat egg, sugar, preserves, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  5. Spread evenly over hot crust.
  6. Sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Cool.
Notes
These bars are much easier to cut if you freeze for one hour or refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.
Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds

Every bite of Cherry Almond Bars will have you drooling.

Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds

We love these scrumptious bars and think you will too.

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Print Recipe
Cherry Almond Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These amazing blondies have a shortbread crust, topped with a cherry preserve topping, and sprinkled with sliced almonds on top. These beautiful, festive treats are great for holiday baking.
Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cherry Almond Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious bars will have you drooling! This makes a festive and beautiful #cookie for #holiday baking, too. #dessert #cherrypreserves #almonds
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir flour, sugar and butter.
  2. Spread into the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of a 9x13” glass baking dish that has been sprayed well with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° oven for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. For topping, beat egg, sugar, preserves, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  5. Spread evenly over hot crust.
  6. Sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Cool.
Recipe Notes
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

2 Comments

  • Rhonda

    December 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    You never specified amount of preserves so I used the 18 oz jar. Bars came out a liquid mess.

    1. Teresa

      December 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Rhonda, I am so sorry. When I converted over to a new blog program not all the recipes converted correctly. The amount should have been 8-10 ounces. I’ve corrected the recipe. Again, sorry yours didn’t turn out right.

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