Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cherry Almond Pie Bars

Melt in your mouth pie bars!




Need a delicious dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth?  These are quick and easy to make, using a sugar cookie mix and pie filling!  I love making cookie bars, for that reason alone...quick and easy!  

The addition of almond flavor is perfect and the cherry pie filling softens the cookie and makes it easy to cut.  I imagine you could substitute any cookie mix & filling and create your own favorite flavored bar.  I know that's what I'm planning on doing!   I'm thinking blueberry filling with lemon extract in place of the almond...maybe even oatmeal cookie mix with it.  Oh!  Peanut Butter cookie with chocolate filling!   I'm on a roll now! 

If you prefer them without the glaze, they're just as good with a dusting of powdered sugar! 



Ingredients:

Base:

2 pouches (1 lb 1.5 oz each) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 eggs


Filling:

1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling (I use the one with "more fruit")


Topping/Glaze: (to drizzle over baked cookie bars)

1 cup confectioners' sugar
Tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. almond extract



Heat oven to 350°F.  Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, stir base ingredients until soft dough forms.  Press 2/3 of dough in bottom of pan. 
                          

Spread pie filling over dough.


Drop remaining 1/3 dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. 

                          

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 10 minutes. 
                          
In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth. If necessary, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over warm bars. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. " - Romans 15:13
 






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