Cheery Cherry Dessert Squares

Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

A version of this recipe is in my cookbook "SHARING OUR FAVORITE RECIPES".

But I have added a few additional ingredients,& I love the new results.

This dessert is quick & easy, & very tasty, & with the addition of Nuts, & the Chocolate Chips, it is so full of the cherry flavor with the addition of a large box of Jello Gelatin.

I even added a glaze so it is quite cheery & so full of the cherry pie filling flavor, you can't go wrong on such a simple & easy dessert. Try it and see if you don't agree.

The Original Recipe was submitted by my friend Beverly Alitz of McCallsburg, Iowa.


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Serves:

12 OR MORE DEPENDING ON PORTION SIZE

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 stick
butter, softened i prefer butter ( or use margarine)
1 3/4 c
sugar
4 large
eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp
vanilla bean paste ( or vanilla extract)
2 tsp
almond extract
1 can(s)
cherry pie filling
1 tsp
baking powder plus 1/2 tsp salt
3 c
all purpose flour
1/2or more c
chopped nuts (of your choice)
50
chocolate chip pieces (about 1/2 cup or more if desired)
1 large
box cherry or strawberry jello gelatin

DESSERT GLAZE (OPTIONAL)

2 c
powdered sugar
2 tsp
almond extract
2-3 Tbsp
milk or orange juice ( till desired drizzle consistency is reached)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To a medium size bowl add 2 sticks of softened butter.
2
Then add the sugar and beat together till blended.
3
Measure out flour salt, & baking powder, & stir together& set aside till needed.
4
Add jello to creamed mixture.
5
Beat till blended together.
6
Pour in almond & vanilla bean paste.
7
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
8
Add flour in 3 intervals, beating well after each addition.
9
Grease or spray a 9X13X2 inch pan with butter or non stick cooking spray, & spread enough of batter to cover the bottom of the pan, about half of batter.
10
Then top with (1) can of cherry pie filling.
11
Then sprinkle top of cherry filling with chocolate chips, I prefer using Ghiradeli's Chocolate chips, & used them in this recipe, and sprinkle chopped nuts.
12
Now add remaining cake batter in dollops, using a tablespoon.
13
Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until done.
14
REMOVE FROM OVEN AND ALLOW TO COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE ADDING GLAZE.
15
Prepare glaze by blending glaze ingredients in a small bowl, and add enough liquid till glaze reaches the spreading consistency you desire.
16
Drizzle over cooled Dessert.
17
Cut into squares & serve. Now you may use other flavors of pie fillings if desired.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy