One thing I miss about California Summer/Early Fall are all the road side stands of fresh, cherries! They were so much sweeter, plumper, juicier, and (of course messier) than any that I can find in Texas. I bought a box of ‘California Cherries’ earlier this Summer and brought them home all excited, just to find out that I paid nearly 3 times as much and they weren’t nearly as wonderful; bummer! So ever since, I have been craving (I’m sure pregnancy is helping) recipes that are packed with cherry flavor!
We recently received an amazing gift box of of Wonderful brands snack bags of almonds and pistachios. Although we love eating them even by themselves, I couldn’t wait to use them in a few recipes as well. So I put my cherry cravings and almonds together to make a perfect grab-and-go snack perfect for the whole family! Chewy Almond Cherry Bars are perfect for on-the-go breakfast bars, lunch treats, after school snacks, or team snacks after sports practice!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Line a large baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set pan aside. 3. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined. Slowly add in the flour. Finally add the oats and almonds.
4. Remove 1/2 cup of the dough and set aside. Press the remaining dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over preserves layer.
5. Bake in the preheated oven about 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. 6. Gently lift the foil out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.
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