Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cooking Thursday

Bob loves anything with cherries, so when I saw this recipe I knew I should try it.  We weren't disappointed!  These bars are pretty, and very tasty.  The almond base reminds me a little of poundcake and the cherry pie filling really goes well with it.  Yum!

Cherry Bar Dessert

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.
Spread 3 cups batter into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. (Batter will be stiff) Spread pie filling over top.
Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over filling.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over top.


Betsy Brock said...

Oh my mouth started watering! They are pretty! I wish I had one right now as a bedtime snack!

Simply Linda said...

Yummy!!! That looks good, I will have to subsitute the almond extract for something else..I am allergic to almond. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

Mary said...

I love the flavors of cherry and almond.. these bars look delicious, I'm tempted to make them this weekend.

Weekend-Windup said...

Feel to eat it, then i realized it is a picture!

Connie said...

sounds delicious...

Sola Scriptura said...

My husband loves cherry treats so I will have to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

HOOTIN ANNI said... too. I love everything cherry [except for cherry flavored licorice]. lol

Looks mighty delicious Mari.

linda said...

Another goodie to try! Thank you.

Ceil said...

Hi Mari! When I first saw these, I thought 'My husband is going to love these too!" But I also thought I'm not going to make a yeast bread. Too tricky for me.
Yay! No yeast!! These bars look delicious.
My husband loves fruit in his cakes, so I'll copy this recipe. I think he's going to love it.
Thank you!!

Maggie Ann said...

I'm so jealous that I can't have some too. It looks just as delish as you describe!

Jennifer said...

This sounds so good. It's going to seem silly since it's homemade and that's the whole point, but it reminds me of an Entenmann's cake my grandmother used to serve. I loved that so much.

Marsha Young said...

Who doesn't love cherries? Sure, we have to deal with the pits; kind of like life, huh? But you still have to love the cherries. :)

Brooke said...

so of course now i'm hungry! :P

Renee said...

Oh my, this looks delicious. My hubby love anything with cherries too. Can't wait to make it!

Cherdecor said...

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits also.....second to lemon. So, I put cherries and lemon together and VIOLA! So yum! I have a cherry lemon pie that is so tasty.

Terri D. said...

Cherry & Almond - great combination! I mix dried cherries and unsalted almonds for a snack...delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Ooooh I'm with Bob, put cherries on it. Audrey loves cherry desserts too. I'm going to try this one. xoxo