Cherry-Macaroon Bars

Looking for a flavorful dessert using Pillsbury® chocolate chip cookies? Then enjoy these bars featuring almonds, cherries and cookie crumbs.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 2 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 48

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
  • 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.
  • 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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