Cherry Almond Bars

Savor the flavor of sweet summer berries with these luscious Cherry Almond Bars.

Cherry Almond Bars
Makes about 12
  • 9 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • ¾ cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Crust and Crumble Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently stir together cherries and ½ cup sugar; let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Drain cherries, discarding liquid. Stir cornstarch, extract, and remaining ¼ cup sugar into cherries. Pour mixture onto prepared Crust and Crumble Dough in pan; crumble reserved dough onto berries.
  4. Bake until top is lightly browned and filling is hot and bubbly, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Crust and Crumble Dough
Makes enough for 1 (13x9-inch) pan
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and egg yolk with a mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined.
  3. Turn out mixture onto a work surface, and gently knead until a crumbly dough forms. Press three-fourths of dough into prepared pan. Reserve remaining dough in a small bowl.

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