Friday, December 18, 2009

Chewy Bar Cookie Recipe For Today

Its icky and slushy and snowy today... so what better to do then bake and keep the house warm with those lovely smells that remind you of being in Grandma's kitchen!?

Chewy Cherry Dessert Bars

  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings: 12+
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • 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
  • Frosting:
  • 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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  1. Hummm... I need to make these, sound yummy!

  2. Your recipes sound delicious but you have to show pictures of the finished cookies!!

  3. I really should... but these are recipes I've been using for years... just not so much this year. I make so much biscotti for orders everything else got pushed aside. But that shouldn't mean anyone else should miss out on these yummy cookies... so I wanted to share! :) I promise when I have some made I will share pictures and make you drool even more! LOL