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Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars

Hello and welcome to Djalali Cooks! I have a sweet midweek treat today; Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars. I have been snacking on these bars with a cup of tea in the afternoon and I have to say they are quite delicious. A cookie-like crust with a smooth, sweet eggy, cream cheese topping loaded with blueberries and cherries. Are you ready? Let’s do these Blueberry Cherry Bars.

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You can use whatever combination of stone fruit and/or berries you like for these bars. I went for pitted, halved Rainier Cherries and blueberries. I think apricots and berries would be great, or a three berry combo would be good too. The cookie-like base is really simple and with the sweet eggy cream cheese topping, you have a very neutral combination to add whatever fruit you like!

First of all, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking pan with butter.

Cream together the shortening, 1 egg, sugar and almond extract in a bowl. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or do it by hand. It creams together very easily.

Then add the flour and the baking powder. Mix well to combine until you have a cookie dough consistency.

Spread and lightly press the dough into the bottom of the baking pan, making an even surface of the dough.

Spread the fruit on top the dough in the pan. If you’re using a mix of fruit and berries, be sure you have an evenly distributed mix of the fruit.

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Eggy Cream Cheese Topping

For the eggy cream cheese topping, whisk the softened cream cheese and two eggs until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and remaining almond extract and mix until smooth.

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Then pour the topping over the fruit.

Place the Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars in the preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and firm to the touch. Mine took 55 minutes, and I used an 8×8-inch pan.

Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars

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Let the bars cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out on a wire rack to cool further. Once cool, transfer to a serving plate and slice into squares.

The cookie base has a crispy bottom and edges while the inside is tender and chewy. The topping is like a cross between the eggy French Clafloutis and cheesecake. And of course the berries and cherries are juicy and sweet. A definite winner! I do hope you give these Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars a go, and remember you can use your favorite combination of summer fruit and berries. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

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Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars

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Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack American
By Adapted from All Recipes Serves: 12
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 55-60 Minutes Total Time: ~1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Blueberry Cherry Bars have a crunchy, chewy cookie base topped with an eggy cream cheese topping loaded with juicy cherries and blueberries.

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.25 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Pitted, Halved Cherries
  • Topping
  • 6 tbsp. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 or 9x9-inch baking pan with butter.

2

Cream together the shortening, 1 egg, sugar and almond extract.

3

Then add the flour and the baking powder. Mix well to combine until you have a cookie dough consistency.

4

Spread and lightly press the dough into the bottom of the baking pan, making an even surface of the dough.

5

Spread the fruit on top the dough in the pan. If you're using a mix of fruit and berries, be sure you have an evenly distributed mix of the fruit.

Topping

6

Whisk the softened cream cheese and two eggs until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and remaining almond extract and mix until smooth.

7

Then pour the topping over the fruit.

8

Place the Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars in the preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and firm to the touch. Mine took 55 minutes, and I used an 8x8-inch pan.

9

Let the bars cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out on a wire rack to cool further. Once cool, transfer to a serving plate and slice into squares.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Terry
    July 20, 2022 at 10:23 am

    This looks good my cousin Steve is coming and stay for a week before he moves to Virginia. I going to make these he will love them. Going shopping today I will pick up the fruit. Have a great Wednesday I will keep you posted 🤗❤️Mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 20, 2022 at 11:28 am

      Have a great visit with Steve! I am sure the fruit bars will be a hit! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    July 20, 2022 at 10:31 am

    What a fun summery treat, although you could make it year round with almost any fruit. Cherries are especially good right now, and I know this because I have been eating them for the past week and a half, and I always have blueberries. There are just some fruits that scream summer, and cherries are number one. So many happy childhood memories of the cherry tree in the back yard, and my mother-in-law’s pies. If she had had this recipe she would have been baking it every day. She loved nothing more than throwing a picnic in the back yard. It combined her three greatest loves: her wonderful garden, her fabulous cooking, and people to share them with. What I like about this recipe is the fruit, and the stealth cheesecake aspect! It looks and sounds delicious. This weekend we are catching up on The Old Man. We got distracted by The Terminal List, which was really good. It is pretty typical of the genre, wherein good guy is under attack, they kill his platoon and then his family, to cover up what they’ve been doing. Naturally, the good guy goes on a tear, intending to pay them back one by one. It is pretty easy to guess the bad guys, because it’s obvious. Only one character is not very obvious, and one could go either way. My son and I went back and forth on if these two were guilty. Yeah, they were. The writing is good, the directing is good, the acting and casting are superb. Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu and Jeanne Tripplehorn are especially good. I can’t remember if this was ever a pizza and a movie post. If so, you’re way ahead of me. If not, it’s a good one. I am going to make these bars the rest of the summer, and probably the rest of my life. I’m not generally big on desserts, but this one has my name tattooed on it. Thanks for another wonderful post. I love it that you always use what’s in season and run with it. Cooking and baking are so much easier when you are doing the hard work. After cooking and baking for as long as I have, I was bored and out of ideas until Beth said we should check you out. I’m so happy that I did. My kids always ask if it’s a Kelly recipe, and they are happy when it is! Happy Wednesday that feels like Thursday, to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the energetic moppets. ☀️🍒🌺🐕❤️.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 20, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Happy Wednesday, Mari! I thought this recipe sounded like something you’d love. I haven’t seen Terminal List, but your description sounds compelling. I will have to add it to my list. It does feel like Thursday, I think I am behind on things, but I realize I am right on track! Have a great day and stay cool. We have steamy hot temps with rain and thunderstorms again today…see you tomorrow! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Bridget
    July 20, 2022 at 11:09 am

    I have a bar of light cream cheese languishing in my fridge (grabbed it by mistake at the grocery store). Could I use this for this delicious sounding recipe?

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 20, 2022 at 11:29 am

      Hi Bridget, Sure why not! I am sure it will work out just fine. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the bars! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Pat
    July 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    On tap for this week end. Fresh fruit brings joy in many forms. This will be one to enjoy.
    By the way, your Thai noodle soup from a few days ago, huge hit❣️

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 20, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Hello Pat, I am sure you will enjoy these fruit bars. I am so happy the chicken noodle soup was a hit! Thank you so much for reporting back on your success with that recipe! xo Kelly

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