Almond Cherry Bars

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Hello friends! Today I’m sharing a super simple recipe for Almond Cherry Bars that are chewy, soft, and topped with a yummy almond glaze. You’ll love making (and eating) these over and over!

This is one of my classic recipes, and I’ve updated it with new photos, a video, and correct baking times. Originally, I said to bake them for 20-30 minutes, but they actually need about 45 minutes, or up to an hour depending on your pan and oven.

Almond Cherry Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 9 bars

Ingredients
  

For the Bars

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour about 9 oz
  • 1/2 cup almond flour about 1.7 oz
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar about 5.3 oz
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature (6 oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups pitted cherries
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted (about 2.7 oz)
  • 1 tbsp almond milk or regular milk
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Instructions
 

Make the Bars

  • Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 350°F.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, almond flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, and lemon zest.
  • Incorporate Butter: Add the room-temperature butter and mix until fully combined with the dry ingredients. You can use a spatula or your hands until no butter chunks remain.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: Mix in the egg, almond extract, and lemon juice. Stir until a soft, sticky dough forms, similar to cookie dough.
  • Prep Cherries: In a separate bowl, mix the pitted cherries with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Prepare Pan: Line a 9×9-inch or 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Layer Dough: Spread half the dough evenly in the bottom of the pan.
  • Add Cherries: Pour the cherry mixture over the dough, spreading it evenly.
  • Top with Dough: Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough over the cherries, then use your hands to spread it out and flatten. If the dough is sticky, lightly flour your hands.
  • Bake: Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. It might take up to an hour depending on your pan and oven.
  • Cool: Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing.

Make the Glaze

  • Mix Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine sifted powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract.
  • Adjust Consistency: If the glaze is too thick, add more milk a little at a time. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Drizzle: Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Optionally, sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Storage and Serving

  • Storage: Keep the bars in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. Let them come to room temperature before serving to soften up.

Notes

  • Flour Options: You can substitute half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a different texture.
  • Baking Time: Baking time can vary. If using a smaller pan, the bars will be thicker and may need up to 1 hour to bake.
  • Fruit Substitutes: You can use blueberries instead of cherries for a different flavor twist.

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