Kathryn’s Delightful Cherry Bars

MY FAVORITE!!!! Kathryn makes them for me every Christmas!
1 C all purpose flour
½ C butter
¼ C sifted powder sugar
1 ½ C firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
¼ C all purpose flour
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
1 C firmly chopped walnuts
½ C maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
Cherry Frosting, recipe follows

Combine 1 C flour, butter, powdered sugar; Press into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Combine brown sugar and eggs. Beat at medium speed until fluffy. Combine ¼ C flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to egg mixture. Stir in walnuts and cherries. Spread over crust. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set. Cool. Spread with cherry frosting. Cut into squares. Makes about 3 dozen.

Cherry Frosting
2 C sifted powdered sugar
3 T butter
2-3 T milk
1 T cherry juice
½ t almond extract

Combine sugar and butter; add milk and cherry juice to desired consistency. Stir in almond extract. Frost bars when they are cool.

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