cheery cherry dessert squares

★★★☆☆ 2 Reviews
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By Rose Mary Mogan
from Sauk Village, IL

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.

★★★☆☆ 2 Reviews
serves 12 OR MORE DEPENDING ON PORTION SIZE
prep time 25 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheery cherry dessert squares

  • 2 stick
    butter, softened i prefer butter ( or use margarine)
  • 1 3/4 c
    sugar
  • 4 lg
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla bean paste ( or vanilla extract)
  • 2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 1 can
    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 lg
    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)

How To Make cheery cherry dessert squares

  • 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.
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