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Cherry Bars plated

If your sweetheart is a cherry fan (or dessert lover in general) these bars are easy to make and taste so good, especially warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Make your sweetie smile and make up a batch for Valentine’s Day.

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Spoon in cherries.

Spoon in cherries.

Spread them out to every corner.

Spread them out to every corner.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don't try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don’t try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

cherry bars glaze

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

Cherry Bars

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. slat

1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling

Glaze

1 cup powered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan. (You can double the recipe and bake in a large 15 x 10 baking pan).

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and mix. Add extracts and blend then stir in dry ingredients.

Spoon half the dough into the baking pan, pressing down lightly. It will be sticky.

Pour pie filling over the dough and spread out.

Drop remaining dough by the spoonful on top of filling.

Bake for 40 minutes, until top is golden brown. Drizzle with the glaze and serve warm. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it even better.

To make the glaze – combine sugar with extracts and milk. It should be very thin and pourable and smell deliciously of almond.

She Who Made Her Sweetheart Happy with These Bars

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In honor of today, here is a fun little cake recipe sure to make your sweetie smile.

Ingredients

 

Bake cake according to package directions. I baked mine in little heart-shape pans that are as old as the hills. You could make cupcake or even a layered cake if you choose. You could also bake a sheet cake and use a cookie cutter to cut out heart-shapes.

 

Mix together whipped cream cheese, raspberry jam and cream cheese frosting for the filling.

 

Split the cakes in half and add the filling.

 

Frost with cream cheese frosting, add some festive sprinkles and enjoy!

 

Valentine Heart Cakes

1 cake mix

1 container of whipped cream cheese

1 container of cream cheese frosting

1/2 cup raspberry jam

Sprinkles

Bake cake according to package directions and let cool completely.

While it is cooling, mix together 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese, the raspberry jam and 1/3 cup of the frosting until well-blended.

Split cake(s) in half  and add a layer of filling before reassembling. Frost and decorate then watch your sweetie be surprised at this delicious little treat.

She Who Wishes Everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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