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Cherry Almond Squares – all natural ingredients & flavours!

Cherry Almond Squares. Cherry and almond flavours are a natural flavour combination. This is the easiest recipe that I’ve found yet to make these cookie bars using fresh or frozen cherries.

Cherry Almond Squares shown stacked on a white pedestal with coffee in the background

Cherry Almond Squares

Originally published Nov 2016.

I’m pretty sure that the first version of these Cherry Almond Squares I ever encountered was on the side of a cherry pie filling can. When you Google the recipe or search it on Pinterest, there certainly are a lot of recipes that include the cherry pie filling.

I am not a fan of most cherry pie filings that I’ve tried. Generally I find them too chemically tasting and full of artificial colour, not like the taste of real cherry. 

Ground almonds on a wooden spoon

Finely ground almonds are what is used in this recipe.

Real sweet cherries are readily available as frozen all year round. I see little reason to have to resort to the neon red, canned pie filling alternative.

This recipe simply tosses the cherries in a little sugar and corn starch and you’re done. It couldn’t be simpler really, as is the buttery base that incorporates ground almonds for nothing but real favours.

Cherry Almond Squares ready for the oven.

Cherry Almond Squares ready for the oven.

Freezing Cherry Almond Squares.

In my testing of the recipe, I froze had the batch as soon as they were cooled off and then thawed them a couple of days later.

I do make one recommendation for thawing all baked goods. Make sure that they are unwrapped or the cover taken off of containers when they come out of the freezer.

Cherry Almond Squares close up photo of stacked cookies

Cherry Almond Squares

Humidity trapped inside can cause some baked goods to absorb that moisture and not be at their best. When I thawed these Cherry Almond Squares they were practically as good as the day they were baked.

With Christmas just weeks away, they would make another fine addition to your Holiday freezer. They make a nice easy-to-make treat year round too.

Bowl of cherries for Black Forest Pie

Fresh or frozen cherries can be used in this recipe.

If you love the flavour of natural cherry combined with almond please take a look at this delicious Cherry Swirl Almond Crumble Coffee Cake recipe too.

If you liked this recipe you may also want to check out this recipe for Nanaimo Bars.

Nanaimo Bars. New and Improved!. Image with title text for Pinterest.

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Cherry Almond Squares shown stacked on a white pedestal with coffee in the background
Yield: 24 cookie bars

Cherry Almond Squares - all natural ingredients & flavours!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Cherry Almond Squares - cherry and almond flavours are a natural combination and this is the easiest recipe that I've found yet to make these cookie bars using fresh or frozen cherries.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups ground almonds
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups pitted cherries. If using frozen, thaw them first.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add the flour, almonds, baking powder & 3/4 cup sugar to a food processor and pulse until well combined. I buy the almonds already ground but you can grind whole almonds in a food processor if you like.
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. (You can just do this with a pastry cutter to rub the butter in with your fingers if you prefer.)
  4. Mix together the egg yolks and Vanilla and almond extracts. Mix into the crumble mixture until a soft dough forms.
  5. Press 2/3 of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Mix together the 1/4 cup of sugar and corn starch. Toss with eh cherries and stir in the water. Spread evenly over the cookie dough in the pan.
  7. Press together the remaining dough and break off thumbnail sized pieces and scatter them evenly over and between the cherries.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top layer is golden brown at the centre.
  9. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 24 cookie bars.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 cookie bars

Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 31mgSodium 100mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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