Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch

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Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !

Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !

My ex husband has an orchard in the back of the house. Since it is sweet cherries time over here, he brought us a bag full of amazing fruits, freshly picked and we enjoyed sweet fruits for the whole week end:
Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !
Beautiful fruits made me postpone the dish I planned to publish since I decided to bake seasonal dessert : Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch, instead.
Making sweet cherry filling from scratch brings this dessert to a higher groud since you know exactly what you eat. I did not use store bought cherry filling or jam. The best of all is that it takes ten minutes to make it from scratch.

Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !
The crust is very simple cookie base I usually spin depending on the occasion. By spinning, I mean, adding orange zest, cocoa powder, vanilla extract or coconut. The basic ratio of dry and wet ingredients remains the same and it is one of evergreens in my family.
Here you see the squares before baking:
Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !
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Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !

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Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch

Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch : perfect sweet cherry filling made from scratch between two layers of cookie dough, sprinkled with sliced almonds !

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Sweet Cherry Cookie Squares from Scratch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 9 squares

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for sweet cherry filling:
  • 3 cups pitted sweet cherries
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • Ingredients for crust:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp almond slices to sprinkle on the top before baking
  • Icing sugar to dust before serving

Instructions

  1. For the filling, combine sweet cherries, sugar, lemon juice and corn starch in medium sized pot with thick bottom, boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. You'll get 1 ΒΎ cup of cherry filling. Leave aside.

  2. On clean flat working surface, combine flour, baking powder, butter, sour cream, sugar, egg and lemon zest, using your hands.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F.

  4. Cover 8 x 8 inches brownies pan with baking paper and butter it.

  5. Cut off 2/3 of cookie dough and tap into the bottom of the baking pan.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes and take it out.

  7. Pour cherry filling on the crust and arrange dough patches on the top, using 1/3 left after step 5.

  8. Sprinkle with almond slices and bake for 17 minutes.

  9. Take out, cool completely, cut, dust with icing sugar and enjoy.

 

 

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