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Cherry Almond Bars

Cherry Almond Bars are an easy dessert bar for any occasion. A simple shortbread crust topped with maraschino cherries, sliced almonds and cream cheese icing! Perfect for everything from potlucks to Christmas parties!

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Cherry Almond Bars Recipe with Maraschino Cherries

I love dessert bars, they are just so easy to pop in the oven and so easy to take to family get togethers, cookouts and holiday gatherings.

My Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing, Pecan Pie Bars, and Salted Caramel Cookie Bars are always crowd favorites too. We can’t get enough of these Chocolate Toffee Bars for an easy dessert. These old fashioned Date Bars are also a big hit. 

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Easy Cherry Almond Bars

These easy Cherry Almond Bars start with a classic shortbread crust topped with simple brown sugar filling with maraschino cherries and sliced almonds. After I baked it, I add cream cheese icing and they just might be my new favorite.

Cherry Almond Bars with Criss Cross Cream Cheese Icing

How to Make Cherry Almond Bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix flour, sugar and butter together into a crumbly mixture.
  • Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan.

  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until lightly brown.
  • Mix eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and almond extract together. 
  • Mix in chopped cherries and sliced almonds. 

Cherry Almond Bars Recipe

  • Pour over baked crust. 

Cherry Almond Bars ready for the oven

  • Bake 22-25 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 
  • Mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar. 

Cherry Almond Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

  • Place in a piping bag or zip top bag and pipe icing over bars in a crisscross pattern.
  • Cut into squares and serve. 

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Cherry Almond Bars Dessert

I adapted this recipe from an old Taste of Home holiday magazine that I’ve had for over 10 years. I might be a recipe hoarder.

The original recipe had walnuts and vanilla. I switched those out for almond extract and sliced almonds and added the cream cheese icing. 

Cherry Almond Bars with cream cheese icing

It’s a great treat for anyone who loves maraschino cherries and makes a pretty dessert for your holiday parties. 

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Cherry Almond Dessert Bars with cream cheese icing

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Cherry Almond Bars with maraschino cherries and cream cheese icing

Yield: 12 Servings

Cherry Almond Bars

Cherry Almond Bars Dessert

Cherry Almond Bars are a simple dessert perfect for any occasion. Crunchy shortbread crust topped with maraschino cherry and almond filling plus a sweet cream cheese icing.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix flour, sugar and butter together into a crumbly mixture.
  • Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until lightly brown.
  • Mix eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and almond extract together. 
  • Mix in chopped cherries and sliced almonds. 
  • Pour over baked crust. 
  • Bake 22-25 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 
  • Mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar. 
  • Place in a piping bag or zip top bag and pipe icing over bars in a crisscross pattern.
  • Cut into squares and serve. 

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Cherry Almond Bars Recipe

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