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Cherry-Macaroon Bars

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 2 hr 20 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 48 servings
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Looking for a flavorful dessert using Pillsbury® chocolate chip cookies? Then enjoy these bars featuring almonds, cherries and cookie crumbs.

Ingredients

1
roll (18 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1 1/2
cups chopped slivered almonds
1
egg
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2
cups soft coconut macaroon cookie crumbs (about six 1 3/4-inch cookies)
1
jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF (325°F for dark pan). In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, break up cookie dough; press evenly in pan to form crust. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the almonds; firmly press into dough. Bake 11 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat egg. Stir in condensed milk and almond extract until smooth. Stir in cookie crumbs.
  • 3 Remove partially baked crust from oven. Carefully spread crumb macaroon mixture over crust to edges. Sprinkle with cherries and remaining 1/2 cup almonds; press into crumb mixture.
  • 4 Return to oven; bake 18 to 23 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown and filling is set.
  • 5 In small microwavable dish, microwave chocolate chips on High 15 to 30 seconds or until melted and can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on wire rack, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into bars.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF (325°F for dark pan). In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, break up cookie dough; press evenly in pan to form crust. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the almonds; firmly press into dough. Bake 11 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat egg. Stir in condensed milk and almond extract until smooth. Stir in cookie crumbs.
  • 3 Remove partially baked crust from oven. Carefully spread crumb macaroon mixture over crust to edges. Sprinkle with cherries and remaining 1/2 cup almonds; press into crumb mixture.
  • 4 Return to oven; bake 18 to 23 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown and filling is set.
  • 5 In small microwavable dish, microwave chocolate chips on High 15 to 30 seconds or until melted and can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on wire rack, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into bars.

Expert Tips

Use your fingers to crumble the soft macaroons into crumbs for the filling in these rich bars.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
155
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
20g
20%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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