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Cherry Bars with Almond Drizzle

These luscious and mouthwatering bars just ooze with decadence. They're filled with fresh cherries and drizzled with an almond glaze that really amps up the flavor. These terrific treats are perfect for summer holidays like Fourth of July and Labor Day when fresh cherries are readily available.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 26 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

CRUST:

  • 1 1/2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold, unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

CHERRY FILLING:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh cherries pitted and diced (measure after dicing fruit)

ALMOND DRIZZLE:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. half-and-half or 5 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Instructions
 

CRUST:

  • Stir flour, salt and sugar together.
  • Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender until well blended.
  • Reserve 1 cup crumbs.
  • Pour remaining crumbs into a greased 9x13” baking dish and press down firmly.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • Top with filling and reserved crumbs and bake an additional 50-55 minutes or until filling ingredients are set.
  • Cool completely before adding almond drizzle.

CHERRY FILLING:

  • Whisk eggs, flour, sugar, sour cream and salt together.
  • Gently fold in cherries.
  • Pour cherry mixture over top of baked crust layer.
  • Sprinkle filling layer with remaining cup of reserved crumbs.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until set.
  • Cool completely before adding almond drizzle.

ALMOND DRIZZLE:

  • Combine ingredients with whisk.
  • After bars have cooled 15 minutes, drizzle icing over top of Cherry Bars with a fork.

Notes

NOTE: It is helpful to pat the cherries dry with paper towels before adding to filling mixture. This helps avoid excess discoloration.
NOTE: You can substitute milk or even water in the icing, but you probably have to cut the amount down to one or two teaspoons to achieve a thick icing.
NOTE: Don't forget to set aside one cup of crumbs for the topping layer.
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Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword cherries, cherry dessert, dessert
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