Sweet Cherry Almond Bars




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Sweet Cherry Almond Bars are the perfect way to celebrate cherry season! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Sweet Cherry Almond Bars are one of the many ways I’m celebrating #cherryseason this year—  my buttery almond shortbread crust shows off juicy fresh cherries to perfection.

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Sweet Cherry Almond Bars made with the first cherries of the season! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

I know, I know, first you’ll want to eat as many cherries as possible right out of hand…I get it.  But after you’ve done that, try these, they’re fantastic.   This is the first of many things I’ll make with my windfall of Northwest Cherries from Washington State.  I’ve been a part of the Canbasador program for a couple of years now, helping to get the word out about Washington State stone fruit and ways to enjoy it.  It’s like Christmas morning when my annual shipment of fruit arrives.  This year I’m sharing their gorgeous (and ginormous!) sweet cherries.

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I’m on a major almond kick after yesterday’s Toasted Almond Milkshake, and luckily cherries and almonds are best buds.  Just like in my milkshake, I’ve added layers of almond flavor throughout this easy recipe.  The shortbread dough comes together quickly in the food processor, and then part of it forms the bottom crust, and the rest gets crumbled on top of the cherries.

A bowl of cherries | theviewfromgreatisland.com

My first bite of one of these Sweet Cherry Almond Bars reminded me that the only way you can get this fresh cherry flavor in baking is to use fresh cherries.  Frozen fruit or cherries from cans or jars just isn’t going to cut it.  And if you avoid cooking with fresh cherries because of the pitting issue, buy yourself a cherry pitter, it took me only a few minutes to pit the cherries for these bars.  You can find these inexpensive gadgets on Amazon, here.   I love how they shoot the pits out cleanly and quickly, it’s fun!

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Recipe adapted from Just So Tasty

Sweet Cherry Almond Bars
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Sweet Cherry Almond Bars

Ingredients

    fruit filling
  • about 14 ounces of pitted cherries, halved or rough chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
    shortbread dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) cold, unsalted butter cut in pieces
    topping
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray an 8x8 baking pan
  3. Stir together the cherries with the sugar, lemon juice, extract, and cornstarch. Set aside, tossing occasionally to encourage some of the juices to start flowing.
  4. Put the flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, and baking powder into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
  5. Add the yolk, extract, and butter, and pulse or process to combine just until the dough comes together, it will be crumbly.
  6. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of your pan to form the crust. Top with the cherries. Then crumble the remaining dough evenly over the cherries. Top with the sliced almonds and bake for about 40 minutes until the dough is just golden and the filling is bubbling.
  7. Let cool before cutting.

notes:

  • These are delicious for breakfast, so I keep the leftovers loosely covered on the counter overnight.
  • If you don’t like almond extract, use vanilla extract instead.
  • You can make your own almond meal by grinding whole almonds in a food processor.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    July 18, 2018 at 9:49 am

    What could you sub for the almond meal/flour?

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    Natalie
    July 16, 2018 at 7:57 am

    What would be the best way to keep them? I am going on a vacation this weekend for a week (we leave Friday) and due to limited resources on our trip was hoping to make use of some fresh picked cherries with this recipe. Would I be able to freeze the bars and reheat them next week? Wouks they be okay in the fridge?

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      Sue
      July 16, 2018 at 8:02 am

      I think they would freeze well, and I don’t think you’d need to reheat them, just defrost. They will last in the refrigerator a few days, so that would depend on how close to your departure you can make them.

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    Fiona
    September 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks so much for trying & sharing my recipe! Yours look delicious – and I love that you made them in the food processor. So smart!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Fiona, they’re delicious!

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    Renee
    July 31, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Wondering if I can use frozen, thawed cherries. Cherries are in season now, but would be great to be able to make these year-round!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 31, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      You could definitely do that, Renee, and I think you could also use a good cherry preserve, too.

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    Tam
    July 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made these tonight and they were just perfect. I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand as cherries are on sale this week! This was just delicious. I loooooove almonds and cherries as well. It was the perfect combination of the two. A perfect summer fruit recipe. Thanks again!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      You’re so welcome Tam, I’ve made so many crumble bars like this that I had a pretty good idea they’d be delicious, but the fresh cherries mixed with the almond really puts it over the top for me. Thanks for coming back to let us know they worked for you :)

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    Donna
    July 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I am wondering if these can be frozen . . . I would like to make them now while the cherries are available for a party next month

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    Donna
    July 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Any idea if you can freeze these . . . I would like to make some now for a party next month

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      They should freeze fine, Donna. Wrap them well!

  • Reply
    cheri
    June 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    The cherries are so good right now, love this recipe. Pinned!!!

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    Jane
    June 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I wish someone who actually made these would comment!!!!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 25, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      I’ve made it Jane — and it’s fabulous!! ;)

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    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    June 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Love that bright color, the textures and flavors!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Katherine!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 21, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I LOVE everything about these bars. What a perfect dessert for any occasion and sweet cherries are always a great idea. Pinning and sharing~!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    June 21, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Oh my goodness, how perfectly delicious are these?! Everyone in my family craves cherries so these will be a big hit and I’ll be sharing the recipe with lots of cousins too. The anticipation! lol

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    Medeja
    June 21, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I love cherries! I would enjoy these bars so much!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Be still my heart, Sue! These bars are pure heaven! <3

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I love cherry anything and especially the cherry almond combination. These bars are beautiful!!

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    Farida
    June 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    looks fantastic , as all your recipes, a huge fan!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I’m in love! I’m a huge cherry lover and these look fantastic!! I’m crazy about my cherry pitter. You’re right, pitting cherries is a huge pain but with one of those guys, it’s quick, easy and FUN!

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    Chris @ SimpleFood365
    June 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Growing up in the Northwest, I remember eating cherries like these right off the trees in the backyard! I love what you did with them here! That is a dessert I could get behind!

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      Sue
      June 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      That’s kind of my dream, I’ve never picked a cherry from a tree!

  • Reply
    Ludmilla
    June 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

    It’s such a perfect time to make dessert using fresh and seasonal fruits, they are so inexpensive right now!! These bars looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

      I know — grab ’em while you can!!

  • Reply
    Susan
    June 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Almonds and cherries are two of my favorite things! These look so tempting and delicious, Sue!

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    Vicci | It's Cheat Day Everyday
    June 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

    You had me at almonds!!! Probably one of my top 5 favorite foods of all time, and the fact that they are paired with fresh, juicy cherries? Oh, I can only imagine not only how good these taste, but the aroma that will fill my kitchen when I make these. Nom!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 20, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I have to agree with you about almonds, they are so incredibly versatile, too!

  • Reply
    Kylee
    June 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Ooooh, the sprinkling of almonds on top sends these over the EDGE of delicious!!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    June 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

    These are so beautoful and the perfect way to make the most of cherries. I am going to go and buy some cherries now.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

      The cherries are perfect right now — enjoy!

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