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Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies

Teresa

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies are absolutely divine! Seriously, these amazing bar-type cookies are rich, decadent, gooey and so mouthwatering. I guarantee you won’t want to stop eating them once you give in to temptation. 🙂 These blondies have a crust layer made with cake mix, butter and almonds. The cheesecake layer includes almond extract and powdered sugar. Then cherries are sprinkled over top of the bar before baking. After baking, the goodies are sprinkled with powdered sugar for the finishing touch.

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Oh my. These luscious cookies will be the hit of any party you take them to. If you enjoy ooey gooey desserts, you’ll love this cherry version. I’ve made them with chocolate chips, blueberries, M&Ms, Red Velvet, peaches, and Andes Peppermint chips. No matter what I use to accompany the cheesecake layer, these drool-worthy goodies always get rave reviews.

Back at the end of June, I received a 20 pound box of cherries from the  Northwest Cherry Growers in Washington state. While I did not receive monetary compensation, they asked me to try their product and make a recipe and blog about it. Rather than canning the cherries, I decided to make desserts with the cherries instead. Ten of them to be in fact. Oh my goodness, I was in seventh heaven enjoying all those desserts.

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to enjoy cherries, you simply must make this Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies for a dessert. No kidding, every mouthful will have you craving another, and another, and another. 🙂 This is simply one of the best cherry desserts ever. But don’t take my word for it. Make one yourself and you’ll see.

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Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies are the BEST!

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These delectable blondies have a delicious ooey-gooey filling that’s heavenly.

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Every bite of Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies will have you drooling. Seriously.

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If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love this dessert.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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First, make the crust layer. Place cake mix, one egg, almonds and melted butter in a mixing bowl.

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Stir with a wooden spoon or fork until combined.

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Spread mixture into a greased 9×13″ glass baking dish. I kept my hands moist while pressing the mixture into the prepared dish.

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Now make the cheesecake layer: Place softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, remaining two eggs and almond extract.

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Cream ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over top of crust layer.

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Top with diced, pitted cherries.

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Bake about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes at 350, or until mixture is set and the edges are light brown.

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Allow blondies to cool completely before sprinkling with powdered sugar.

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Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies are so scrumptious.

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The cheesecake layer is superb.

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Cherry lovers will adore these delicious bar-type cookies.

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The almonds in the crust and almond flavoring in the cheesecake layer, make these cookies spectacular.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY ALMOND OOEY GOOEY BLONDIES

(My own concoction)

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies

These mouthwatering blondies have an almond crust, an almond cheesecake layer topped with cherries. Then they're sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving. These cookies are rich, decadent and divine! This is a terrific way to use cherries when they're in season during the summer months.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 26 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz. powdered sugar (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups pitted, diced cherries
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the cake mix, butter, almonds and an egg.
  • Pat mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.
  • Cream together the cream cheese, eggs, powdered sugar and almond extract.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over crust.
  • Sprinkle cherries over top.
  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour fifteen minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over top of bars before cutting.

Notes

NOTE: These blondies are easier to cut if you refrigerate them an hour or two beforehand.
NOTE: I baked these blondies 1 hour 15 minutes and they were still gooey in the middle.
NOTE: Preparation time can be shortened considerably if you have a cherry pitter.
NOTE: For those of you wishing to make this without using a boxed cake mix, use these ingredients for the crust layer: 2 1/2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup), 1 large egg, ¼ cup milk and 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds. Combine and press into prepared 9x13" glass baking dish. Follow remaining 6 directions as listed above to finish the recipe.
Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
 

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword cheesecake, cherries, cherry dessert, cookie, dessert
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I loved the way these blondies turned out. I wanted to eat ALL of them. 🙂

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherries, almonds and cream cheese make for one fantastic dessert!

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Come join me for a bite!

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Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies

These mouthwatering blondies have an almond crust, an almond cheesecake layer topped with cherries. Then they're sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving. These cookies are rich, decadent and divine! This is a terrific way to use cherries when they're in season during the summer months.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 26 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz. powdered sugar (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups pitted, diced cherries
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the cake mix, butter, almonds and an egg.
  • Pat mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.
  • Cream together the cream cheese, eggs, powdered sugar and almond extract.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over crust.
  • Sprinkle cherries over top.
  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour fifteen minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over top of bars before cutting.

Notes

NOTE: These blondies are easier to cut if you refrigerate them an hour or two beforehand.
NOTE: I baked these blondies 1 hour 15 minutes and they were still gooey in the middle.
NOTE: Preparation time can be shortened considerably if you have a cherry pitter.
NOTE: For those of you wishing to make this without using a boxed cake mix, use these ingredients for the crust layer: 2 1/2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup), 1 large egg, ¼ cup milk and 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds. Combine and press into prepared 9x13" glass baking dish. Follow remaining 6 directions as listed above to finish the recipe.
Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
 

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword cheesecake, cherries, cherry dessert, cookie, dessert
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