Cherry Bars

Want something simple by special? Try these festive fruit-filled bars from Jane Kamp of Grand Rapids, Michigan. With their pretty color from cherry pie filling and subtle almond flavor, they're destined to become Christmas classics.

Cherry Bars

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 1

    cup butter, softened

  • 2

    cups sugar

  • 4

    eggs

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼

    teaspoon almond extract

  • 3

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling

  • GLAZE:

  • 1

    cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½

    teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 to 3

    tablespoons milk

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture just until combined. Spread 3 cups batter into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop the remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars. Yield: 5 dozen.


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