These Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars are a new favorite. They are similar to my sugar cookie bars, but with a cherry twist.

These Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars are a new favorite. They are similar to my sugar cookie bars, but with a cherry twist.

 

These cherry bars couldn’t be easier. You start with a basic cookie dough. The almond extract is a perfect compliment to the cherries, and makes them extra delicious!

The dough is pretty stiff, but just press firmly till it is evenly spread in the bottom of the pan. I like to get my hands wet so the dough doesn’t stick to them as easily.

Serves: 20-24 servings

Ingredients

Bars:

  • ¾ cup maraschino cherries, finely chopped (about half of a 16oz jar)
  • ¾ cup soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • dash of salt
  • 2½ – 3 cups powdered sugar

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