Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

GGB Cherry Bars

This recipe was created and baked by my fantastic baker sister, Micah! I can’t tell you all how delicious these bars are!! All the Cherry pie flavor you crave in the form of an easy, buttery crumb topped cookie bar! Just right for summer picnics and parties and last minute company too! You are sure to favorite this cherry sweet, Summertime dessert!
Yield:16 servings
Adapted from Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars from averiecooks.com

  • 2 cups butter (4sticks) softened
  • 1 Β½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS Vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 21ounce can Cherry Pie filling (you may also use Blueberry or Apple Pie filling as well!)Directions:
    1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease one 9X13 inch pan with butter. Set aside.
    2) Combine Butter and sugars. Add Vanilla. Mix in Flour just until combined.
    3) Press 1/3 of mixture into 9X13 pan to create bottom crust. Set aside remaining dough in refrigerator. Bake crust for 20 minutes.
    4) Remove crust from oven. Spread pie filling over crust. Remove remaining dough from fridge and Sprinkle all over the top to create a buttery crumb topping.
    5) Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6) Drizzle Nutella over the top and/or glaze if desired or dust with powdered sugar. Serve with ice cream and a cherry on top!
    7) Enjoy!

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Cherry Almond Biscotti

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Twas the day before thanksgiving and all through the house… there was a lovely aroma of Cherry Almond Biscotti! πŸ˜‰ Now, I have to admit, I was never a HUGE biscotti fan but when my mom showed me the recipe and asked me to make it I was eager to give it another try. I have to say, I now love Biscotti!! So, I sit here with a lovely cup of coffee and aΒ  piece of crunchy sweet biscotti while I post the recipe. πŸ™‚ Makes for a delightful afternoon! The combination of dried cherries & almonds are just perfect! Whether you Dip it in chocolate, or dunk it in coffee, eat it with icecream, or just by itself, y’all are sure to love this biscotti recipe!

Recipe source: Allrecipes
Original recipe makes 32 biscotti
  • 1 3/4 cups dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Stir dried cherries and amaretto liqueur together in a saucepan over medium heat until the amaretto comes to a simmer; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid for later use.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together onto a sheet of waxed paper. Beat butter with 1 cup sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat 3 eggs into butter-sugar mixture, one at a time, blending in each egg before adding the next. Stir reserved cherry liquid and vanilla extract into the wet ingredients.
  4. Beat butter with 1 cup sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat 3 eggs into butter-sugar mixture, one at a time, blending in each egg before adding the next. Stir reserved cherry liquid and vanilla extract into the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients a little at a time to form a smooth dough. Gently fold cherries and almonds into dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, divide in half, and form each half into a log 12 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Gently press the logs with your fingers to flatten to a thickness of 3/4 inch. Transfer loaves to the prepared baking sheets, brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle each with 1 1/2 tablespoon white sugar.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the loaves are golden brown, about 35 minutes. Transfer loaves to wire racks and cool for 20 minutes. Use a sharp knife to slice each loaf on the diagonal into 16 pieces. Transfer the biscotti to baking sheets. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  7. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes; flip biscotti and bake until crisp and lightly browned, about 8 more minutes.

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A little German Bakery….

I was reading through my “about Granola Girl” for the first time in a long while yesterday and completely forgot the section that said “I hope to share… pictures of food tasted & tested along the way!” Well, I will have to fix that! πŸ˜‰

Am I the only one who thoroughly enjoys trying new bakeries & coffee shops? πŸ™‚ Take a drive down the old country road, past the peach stands and a few sheep farms, through the hill country, and the very very tiny town of Albert where only a old-fashioned dance-hall stands and you will find yourself in the Fredricksburg, Texas! Well known for its German settlement, Fredricksburg draws tourists from around the world and me! πŸ™‚ I enjoy strolling the main street, looking into shops, and eating a delectable German pastry from my new favorite find, the Old German Bakery & Restaurant! Pastry of choice? The Cherry Cream Cheese Danish! Tart cherries, cream cheese center, a slightly sweet Danish dough, and they must share my love for crumb topping and glaze because it has both!! πŸ˜‰ So, if you find yourself driving down the old country road, past the peach orchard and the sheep farms, through the hill country and the very very small town of Albert, pick up a Cherry Cream Cheese Danish! Or you can come visit ME and I’ll take you. πŸ™‚

German Bakery Granola Girl Bakes

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“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Psalm 34:8