In life there are ‘everyday’ foods, foods you can eat anytime that are delicious and healthy and if they aren’t doing you any particular good, they certainly aren’t doing you any harm.
Then there are ‘once in a while’ foods, the ones that feel and taste great, but you know you shouldn’t have regularly.
These tender, chewy, sweet bars are of the latter category: they are made for ‘once in a while’. Luckily this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy them. You should. And because they are so delicious and you like them so much, you should share them with friends. It’s a win-win!
Cherry Almond Blondies
preheat youir oven to 350° and grease an 8×8 pan
½ C butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1 C light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla paste)
1 tsp almond extract
1 C flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
½ C dried cherries, chopped
½ C sliced almonds, divided
In a medium bowl combine the egg and light brown sugar, stirring well until very smooth. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Slowly add the cooled melted butter beating well to incorporate.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the cherries and half the almonds, stir them through the batter.
Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth it into the corners. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until golden and set. Allow to cool fully in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 little pieces and serve.