Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars
ACTIVE: 20 minutes TOTAL: 55 minutes
Almonds and cherries are one of the most magnificent flavor matches in the world.
To bring out even more of the almonds' sweet nuttiness, toast the nuts lightly by
baking them in a 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups regular rolled oats
½ cup sliced almonds
1 12-ounce jar cherry preserves
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over
edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.
Add brown sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can
with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour, the oats and almonds.
3. Remove ½ cup of the dough and set aside. Press the remaining dough evenly into
prepared baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble the reserved ½ cup dough evenly
over preserves layer.
4. Bake, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Using edges of foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into 36 bars.
Calories 170, Fat 6g (sat 3g), Cholesterol 19mg, Fiber 1g, Protein 2g, Sodium 58mg.