I’ve made many a crumb bar in 3+ years of blogging, but these cherry almond crumb bars currently hold top spot for me. I laced the buttery crust and crumbs with almond paste for a rich and irresistible bar. Halving the cherries encourages them to soften and give up their juices, creating an incredibly vibrant and jammy filling.

Cherry Almond Crumb Bars | Tutti Dolci
If you’re lucky enough to have any bars leftover, follow my lead – a warm crumb bar alongside a mug of fresh coffee is absolute breakfast bliss!

Cherry Almond Crumb Bars | Tutti Dolci

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Cherry Almond Crumb Bars

  • Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

Crust & Crumbs

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3 ounces almond paste, cubed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Filling

  • 2 cups Bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375Β°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle butter and almond paste over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal. Fold in egg and almond extract until combined. Reserve 1 cup of dough for topping; press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.
  2. For the filling, combine cherries, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl; spoon over crust and sprinkle with remaining topping. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until golden and filling is bubbling. Cool completely in baking dish on a wire rack. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 15 minutes. Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from pan and place on a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Notes

Inspired by Une Gamine dans la Cuisine


Nutrition

  • Calories: 195

 

32 comments

  1. Drooling. Last summer I found a recipe for peach shortbread bars, pretty similar to this from Smitten Kitchen and they are AMAZING. I really like your flavor combo of cherry almond…pictures are beautiful girl! Pinning and saving this one, maybe this one will be my favorite this summer πŸ˜‰

  2. I love crumb bars and this recipe because it’s using almond paste! Looks like a keeper of a recipe and luv, luv the flavor combo. πŸ˜‰ Beautiful captures, Laura!

  3. Almonds and cherries are one of my favourite duos! Your bars look beyond scrumptious!! Lovely pics too (I need to revisit this recipe and capture better snaps…yikes!). πŸ˜€

  4. I love all your bar recipes! I definitely need to make more myself.

    My husband came home with a few kilos of cherries yesterday (“They were on sale!!! You want to bake with them, yes?!”) so this sounds like a nice idea. πŸ™‚

  5. What an outstanding breakfast idea! Waking up to a hot cup of coffee and leftover sweets is my preferred way to begin any day! A fabulous recipe to savor the short, sweet season of cherries.

  6. WOW. There is a lot of salivating going on over here. I just love almond paste in anything, especially with fresh cherries. These look absolutely perfect.

  7. These were delicious! I made a double batch for a small church potluck and they were GONE – I only got to eat a half of my husband’s bar! Everyone told me how much they enjoyed them, so I’ll definitely be making these again.

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