Cherry Bars

These Cherry Bars are easy to make and would be fun for Valentine's Day, President's Day, or ANY day. GrandmaIdeas.comCan you name one holiday — just one, I ask you — that doesn’t involve food?

Can’t say that food is connected to Ground Hog’s Day or April Fool’s Day.

But those are ‘days’ and not real, true holidays (meaning they are days you get off with pay from work).

If you are like typical grandmothers (or at least like me), you think about what special foods you can serve your family and especially your grandkids on holidays. Since the color red is connected with Valentine’s Day and since I love cherries, I thought that I would share with you the recipe for Cherry Bars. It’s a great one to serve on Valentine’s Day — or Washington’s Birthday (because he is famous for chopping down a cherry tree and telling the truth about it…)

Cherry_Bars1Cherry Bars

1 3/4 cups of sugar
3 cups flour
1 cup softened butter
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 (21 ounce) cans of cherry pie filling.

With a mixer, blend sugar, flour, and butter until the butter is the size of small peas. Add eggs, vanilla, and baking powder and mix well.

Spread half of the batter on a large greased and floured cookie sheet. Spread cherries over the batter. Drop remaining batter by tablespoon on top of the cherries.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 – 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost with the glaze.

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

Mix with hand mixer. Drizzle over the cherry bars.

Cool and enjoy!