Festive Cherry Bars

    Festive Cherry Bars

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    These very special bars are always made for Christmas at my house. So pretty using red and green maraschino cherries and crushed Smarties.

    Serves: 36 

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup chopped red and green glace cherries
    • 1/2 cup crushed Smarties
    • 1 cup (185g) sifted icing sugar
    • 5 teaspoons warm water

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
    2. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond essence. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Mix in 1/2 cup of the cherries. Press the dough into an ungreased 20x30cm baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cherries and crushed Smarties. Press in lightly.
    3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan before icing. To make the icing, mix together the icing sugar and water until a drizzling consistency is reached.

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