Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

Happy Monday everyone! Did you get a chance to watch any of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games this weekend? We have been glued to the television ever since the opening ceremony on Friday night. I love watching Team USA complete in the Olympic Games. What is your favorite event to watch? My favorites are the men’s and women’s gymnastics and swimming. Whichever events you enjoy watching, there is no denying that these men and women are absolutely amazing athletes. It makes me feel especially lazy since my usual workout routine has taken a dive ever since I got pregnant! 😉 Since I can’t join them, might as well watch them, right?! And that is exactly what I did. I made these delicious Chewy Cherry Almond Bars for the opening ceremony. Not exactly Olympic themed, but I was craving something sweet and had a ton of fresh cherries in our fridge. Let me tell you, they were incredible! And I would be lying if I said we didn’t eat a ridiculous number of them during the opening ceremony. A layer of cherry preserves and fresh chopped cherries are baked inside a hearty almond oat crust. They’re chewy, gooey and bursting with delicious cherries! If you love cherries, you need to whip up a batch of these bars before cherry season is over…trust me! 😉

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Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

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For the Bars:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 3/4 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
For the Drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, oats, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and almond extract and mix on medium-low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and almonds and beat until combined. Remove 1/2 cup of the dough and set aside.
  5. Pat the remaining dough into the prepared pan. Spread evenly with preserves. Sprinkle the chopped cherries over top of the preserves. Crumble the reserved dough evenly over chopped cherries.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into squares.
  7. While the bars are cooling, make the drizzle by mixing the powdered sugar, and milk together until smooth. Drizzle over bars and allow the icing to dry before serving.

Yields: 36 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes

Source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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10 Responses to Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

  1. Oh my gosh, these look scrumptious. I’m a huge cherry fan–add almond cinnamon and almonds, and I’m totally onboard!

  2. Sally says:

    I am STARVING after looking at these! Cherry pie is practically my favorite and these absolutely remind me of my mom’s cherry pie bars. I’m saving this recipe, it looks completely out of this world! And anyhting with a crumble on top screams my name 🙂

  3. ashley says:

    I always bookmark all the yummy cherry recipes cuz they are my hubby’s favorite!

  4. Kate says:

    The cherries look and sound just perfect. A nice sweet treat for summer.

  5. Holy yum! These cherry almond bars look amazing!! Love the sugar glaze on top. 🙂

  6. saralelayec says:

    Save me some!=P
    They look delish

  7. hotlyspiced says:

    I love cherries too and this is a great way to enjoy them. And the Olympics is such a special time and yes, every competitor deserves recognition because what an effort just to qualify to be there. I’m also glued to my set! xx

  8. Fayeyvonne says:

    Wow, those look amazing. The photos make me want to bite right into one! Can’t wait to try the recipe.

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