Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

Sliced almonds, cherry preserves, and rolled oats gives these bars a chewy, crunchy texture. Use orange preserves to make a Halloween cookie recipe.

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Makes:
36 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Bake:
35 mins 350°F
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Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

Ingredients
2
cups packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons baking powder
1
egg
1
teaspoon almond extract
2
cups regular rolled oats
1/2
cup sliced almonds
1
12 ounce jar (1 cup) cherry preserves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 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 1/2 cup of the dough and set aside. Press the remaining dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over preserves layer.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven about 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut cookies out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.

From the Test Kitchen

To Store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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