Chocolate Cherry Frangipane Bars

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Roasted almonds enhance the almond flavors in this shortbread-based bar cookie.

Yield: approximately 30 bars

Ingredients

  • 170g butter, at room temperature
  • 250g powdered sugar
  • 2g Kosher or flaked salt
  • 215g all-purpose flour
  • 285g American Almond® Almond Schmear
  • 225g mini chocolate chips
  • 250g dried cherries or cranberries
  • 125g chopped roasted salted almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper. Grease the edges of the pan.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the flour and blend until combined into a smooth dough. Scrape the dough into a ball. If the dough is very soft, chill it for 15 minutes.
  4. Press the dough out evenly on the bottom of the parchment-lined pan. Bake the dough until set and lightly browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow the dough to cool slightly then evenly spread the Almond Schmear over the surface of the dough.
  6. Combine the chocolate chips, dried cherries and chopped almonds in a small bowl then scatter the mixture evenly over the Schmear-covered dough.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the chips melt and the filling bubbles slightly, about 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with white chocolate drizzle or diced candied fruit.

Recipe courtesy of American Almond® – www.americanalmond.com