CHERRY BARS

These Cherry Bars are a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth for any event. They feature the delightful taste of tart cherries and a perfectly buttery crust. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply craving a homemade dessert, these bars are sure to impress.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup cherry pie filling





Directions:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract, beating until well combined.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour and salt until a dough forms.
  5. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  6. Spread the cherry pie filling evenly over the dough.
  7. Crumble the remaining dough over the cherry filling layer.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Serving and Storage Tips:

  • Serve the Cherry Bars warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate them for longer shelf life.

Tips for Success:

  • Ensure that the butter is softened at room temperature to mix well.
  • Press the bottom dough layer tightly into the pan to avoid crumbling upon slicing.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting for clean, neat slices.

Health Benefits:

While Cherry Bars are undeniably indulgent, they do offer some nutritional benefits. Cherries contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium, which contribute to better overall health when consumed in moderation.





Nutritional Information:
(Note: Nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.)

  • Calories: Approximately 150 per serving
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 2g

Variations and Substitutions:

  • Use a different type of fruit, such as raspberry or blueberry, instead of cherry pie filling.
  • Add some chopped nuts or oats to the crumble topping for added texture and flavor.
  • Experiment with other flavorings, such as lemon or almond extracts, to customize the bars.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Q: Can I use frozen cherries instead of cherry pie filling?
  • A: Yes, you can use frozen cherries, but you might need to adjust the sweetness by adding sugar and thicken with cornstarch as needed.
  • Q: Can I freeze Cherry Bars?
  • A: Yes, Cherry Bars can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then place them in an airtight container before freezing.

Conclusion:

Cherry Bars are a delightful combination of sweet-tart cherries and a buttery crust that melts in your mouth. Whether enjoyed as a snack or dessert, these bars are sure to become a favorite recipe. Try out different variations and enjoy the homemade goodness of Cherry Bars!





Enjoy!

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