Cherry Pie Squares

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling

Glaze

  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/5 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream sugar and butter in mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add the almond extract and beat well. Whisk together flour and baking powder. Turn mixer speed down to lowest setting and slowly add flour mixture until completely combined.
  3. Spread half of mixture onto an ungreased 15x10 jelly roll pan. Spread pie filling over the top of the batter. Drop remaining batter onto the pie filling layer by spoonfuls.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Do not under bake. Remove to a wire rack.
  5. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa, melted margarine and milk and drizzle over warm bars.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.