Sour Cherry Christmas Bars

ccb8_250aDon’t you hate it when you allow yourself to just get totally swamped? So much to do that there is just no way that you can possibly get everything done? Yeah – me too. That’s what happened to me last week. Something had to give, so I had to let blogging go for a few days. But not baking cookies for Christmas. You should be really really glad about that too, because these cookies? They might be my favorites of all time, seriously. We started with dried sour cherries, went on to add bittersweet chocloate chips and finally, toasted hazelnuts, all held together in rich, chewy blondie-like bar. Ridicoulously easy and sooooooooo good. Did I mention that they are good? Now, if you have had a really busy week like me, you want to begin by fortifying yourself. Take a dried sour cherry, and with a sharp knife, make a little slit. Now take one of your chocolate chips and kind of smooch it inside the cherry. Pop it in your mouth and savor that flavor combo, anticipating the yumminess to come. Repeat the process until you feel ready to go on with the rest of the recipe.

You can use a mixer for this if you like, but it is so easy to whip up by hand, that I don’t bother. Before I got started, I measured out 1/2 cup each dried sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate chips and coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts. A good source for the dried cherries and the hazelnuts is
ccb1Mix together
1 stick [4 ounces] of butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar ccb2Mix in 2 eggs, one at a timeccb3Add and mix well
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powderccb4Then mix in the 1/2 cup each of dreid sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate chips and chopped, toasted hazlenuts. [you can use whatever nuts you like, but toasting them first is a good idea – they will be more flavorful and stay crunchy longer]ccb5Spread the dough evenly in a well greased 10 inch square baking dish. I used my old stand-by Pyrex dish that we got for a wedding present lo these many years ago. An 8 inch square dish will work too, but you may have to cook them a few minutes more, and of course the bars are going to be a bit thicker.ccb6Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. When they are done, the top will be very nicely browned and toothpick inserted in them will come out clean. Unless you hit a chocolate chip, of course, and then the toothpick will be all covered in melty chocolate. Lick that off, and try again. No – with a fresh toothpick, not the same one! Cool on a wire rack and then cut in bars or squares and store in an airtight container.ccb7You did hear me mention that these are stupendous, right? ‘Cause I wasn’t making that up!Sour Cherry Christmas Bars
I like bar cookies – maybe you would like to check out these other recipes:
Cranberry Almond Blondies
Coconut Blondies

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17 Responses to Sour Cherry Christmas Bars

  1. Anna B. says:


    They look delicious!!

  2. Ashleigh says:

    Yeah. What Anna B. said!


  3. I’m going to go to my pantry, close my eyes, and hope that when I open them, sour cherries, hazelnuts, and chocolate chips magically appear.

    (P.S. tried to subscribe to your RSS feed, but it isn’t working correctly apparently. thought you might wanna know!)

  4. Donalyn says:

    Hey Randy – I am not sure just what the trouble is with that, but I will get it fixed – thanks!

    And thanks ladies – give them a try cause you won’t be sorry. And tell me when so I can come and have some :)

  5. Kate says:

    Oh, my heavens. Me want. Now. Pass the milk.

  6. Betty says:

    Thanks for the link to get the cherries! I am all set to make these as soon as my order gets here :)

  7. Memoria says:

    I made cookie bars, too! Yours look a lot more heartier, though! YUM!!! I hope you got all your work done. I have a lot to do, too.

  8. noble pig says:

    Wow, these do look fantastic, I love dried cherries. You were right…so yummy!!!

  9. Crystal says:

    The bars sound delisious but I have family members with a nut allergies can I just drop out the hazelnuts and add coconut instead? Would they still stick together?

  10. Donalyn says:

    Yes Crystal – I am sure that would work very well!

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  14. Sharon says:

    What’s your opinion on packaging these carefully for mailing, taking into consideration how perishable they are, of course.

    *fingers crossed*

    Thanks :)

  15. Donalyn says:

    These actually keep quite well for at least a week – if you are shipping them someplace really warm, the chocolate might get all melty, but other than that, I think they would fine.

  16. Sharon says:

    Thinking of adding these to my Christmas assortment, so it’ll be fairly cool everywhere:) Thanks for replying!

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