Quick and Easy Blueberry Cherry Bars
Blueberry Cherry Bars have a crunchy, chewy cookie base topped with an eggy cream cheese topping loaded with juicy cherries and blueberries.
- 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
- 6 tbsp. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 tsp. Almond Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 or 9x9-inch baking pan with butter.
Cream together the shortening, 1 egg, sugar and almond extract.
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.
Whisk the softened cream cheese and two eggs until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and remaining almond extract and mix until smooth.
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 8x8-inch pan.
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.