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Chewy Cherry Dessert Bars

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Serves 12+ | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 35 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

I can't remember where I found this recipe, I know I tweeked it alittle awhile back... but I wanted more cherry in them, and a chewier bar.

Ingredients You'll Need

Cookie Bar:
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, white sugar and 3/4 cup butter until crumbly. Press into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes, until light brown.

In a mixer, combine eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and baking powder and process until smooth. Pour in cut up cherries and walnut or pecan chopped pieces beating on high. Pour over crust.

Bake 25 minutes, until center is set. Set aside to cool.

To frost, cream together confectioners' sugar with 2 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons cherry juice until fluffy. Frost cooled dessert and cut into bars.

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