Cherry Almond Bars

Recipe by Elly in Canada
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 36
YIELD: 36 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Spray 9x13 inch baking dish with oil.
  • In a bowl, using a fork, stir flour with 1/2 cup icing sugar; using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the 1 cup of butter until coarse crumbs form.
  • OR.
  • Whirl flour with icing sugar in food processor until mixed. Add butter, pulse until coarse crumbs form.
  • Press mixture over bottom of baking dish.
  • Bake in centre of oven until light golden around the edges, 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, put beaten eggs then stir in brown sugar.
  • Gradually stir in flour mixture, then add almonds and cherries.
  • Spread over warm base.
  • Bake in centre of oven until filling is set, 25 - 30 minutes.
  • To prepare topping - in a small bowl, using an electric beater, beat cherry juice with 3 tblsp butter and almond extract.
  • Gradually beat in 2 cups icing sugar until fluffy.
  • Cover and set aside. Cool bars, then spread icing evenly over top.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.
  • Store in an airtight container, refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.
  • Note: if you use the cherry juice for the frosting it will be a nice pink colour!
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