CHERRY REPUBLIC BARS


We, in the Nine house, love a good cherry or two. So much so that when we head north on our Summer vacation, we always go to the Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan and the all cherry store called the Cherry Republic! You would love this store, you can literally sample almost every single cherry item. The sour cherry balls are my favorite but let me tell ya, the cherry pie filling there is to die for. I buy a couple jars and save for special cherry desserts and this is one of them! 
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These scrumptious bars with the powdered sugar glaze get better with each day. And how customizable to try all different fillings. Next up this summer I'll try peach and then apple for the Fall. Great for company or potlucks as it makes a whole sheet pan.



 What you'll need

CHERRY REPUBLIC BARS
INGREDIENTS


1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cans or 1 jar Cherry pie filling
GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 almond extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk
  
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour. Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonful’s over filling. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
For Glaze: In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top. Yield: 5 dozen.




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