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Almond Bars with Cherries

Almond Bars with Cherries  are a fruity sweet decadent gorgeous dessert that is perfect for special occasions. Loaded with almonds, and fresh seasonal cherries. 

Course Dessert
Keyword Cherries, Cherry, Almond
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond paste find it in your grocery store in baking isle
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 16 tablespoons of unsalted butter room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature and separated
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 freshly pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • confectioners sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 8" x 8" baking pan with aluminum foil to edges overhang the pan. Spray foil with baking spray or grease with butter.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, almond meal and salt. Set aside
  4. In a food processor grind together almond paste and granulated sugar until crumbly.
  5. In an electric mixer whip butter add almond mixture and continue mixing until fluffy.
  6. Add egg yolk and almond extract.
  7. While mixer is on low, add flour mix and just combine. (Do not over mix)
  8. Smooth batter into pan and use an off set knife or back of spatula to smooth top.
  9. Whip egg white and brush on top of batter.
  10. Evenly space cherries on top of batter, pushing in just a bit.
  11. Sprinkle with almonds and bake for 22-25 minutes. Will be golden brown around edges and a bit in the middle.
  12. Remove and cool completely.
  13. Pull foil edges up to remove bars.
  14. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, cut and serve