Cherry-Almond Bars

Love cherries? Make these sweet and easy bars.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 24

Bars

1
jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup powdered sugar
2
eggs
1
cup sliced almonds
1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking powder

Almond-Cherry Glaze

1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon almond extract
2
to 3 teaspoons reserved maraschino cherry juice

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Drain cherries, reserving juice for Almond-Cherry Glaze. Chop cherries; set aside. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup flour, the butter and 1/4 cup powdered sugar with spoon. Press in ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches. Bake about 10 minutes or until set.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat eggs with fork. Stir in cherries and all remaining Bar ingredients. Spread over baked layer.
  • 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Meanwhile, mix all Almond-Cherry Glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle cooled bars with glaze. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 2 rows. Cut each bar diagonally in half to form triangles.

Expert Tips

Maraschino cherries are soaked in a sugar syrup and dyed red or green. Red cherries are flavored with almond; green cherries are flavored with mint.

Line the baking pan with foil to make cleanup and cutting bars easy.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
135
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.