Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

I am a huge fan of bar cookies. They can be whipped up in just a few minutes, and they are always a crowd pleaser. These Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars are a new favorite. They are similar to my sugar cookie bars, but with a cherry twist. Absolutely scrumptious!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

I just love all those juicy little cherries poking out. So yummy!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 5248 kcal
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Ingredients

Bars

  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries finely chopped (about half of a 16 oz jar)
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • dash salt
  • 2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Bars

  1. Drain cherries well. Chop and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Add flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir till combined. Fold in the cherries.

  2. Press dough into a well greased 9x13" pan. (I like to line mine with foil first.) Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes or till very lightly brown on the edges.
  3. Cool bars completely, then frost with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter till smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla, almond extract, salt, and enough powdered sugar to make a spreadable frosting. Spread on bars.

These cherry bars couldn’t be easier. You start with a basic cookie dough. The almond extract is a perfect compliment to the cherries, and makes them extra delicious!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

The dough is pretty stiff, but just press firmly till it is evenly spread in the bottom of the pan. I like to get my hands wet so the dough doesn’t stick to them as easily.

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

They are actually pretty tasty as is, but spreading a layer of cream cheese frosting on top makes them simply irresistible!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

Add a few red and pink sprinkles on top, and these bars are just perfect for Valentine’s Day. But you can omit them, and they are just as tasty. Truth be told, I actually prefer them without the sprinkles!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

I can eat way too many of these pretty little bars. So scrumptious!

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Oh my goodness these look DELICIOUS! I’m a huge fan of almond extract, so these are right up my alley. 😉

Thanks for sharing, Kara!

For more amazing recipes by her, go on and visit her over at Creations by Kara!

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Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best desserts you'll try!

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Hi! I’m Kara from Creations by Kara, and I’m addicted to creating pretty and yummy things. I love sharing home decor ideas, DIY projects, tasty recipes, and simple tips! I hope that I am inspiring women everywhere to use their creativity to build a better life.

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  1. I make many of your recipes but I hadn’t seen this one until this morning. When I see a cookie recipe with cherries and almond extract, I am in! When I realized that I actually had all of the ingredients, I took it as a sign from the universe. I only waited until I thought I wouldn’t burn my mouth before tasting one. These cookies are scrumptious! If there are any cookies left to frost, I will try that out…or make another batch. These will also be perfect for Christmas baking. Thank you so much!

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