FFf Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Easy Cherry Squares

Do you have some great recipes that you haven't made in a very, very long time? Well, I do. I am not sure if I forget about them or with all of the new recipes showing up, they seem to replace my old favorites. Whatever the reason, I was looking for a recipe and found this Easy Cherry Squares and thought wow, I haven't made this in years. This would be a great dessert to make and send into my husband's office.

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares

It was my husband's monthly design review meetings that last all week. They voted this recipe as their #1 favorite of the week.
Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares close up

It is light and airy - not a heavy dessert. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares batter

Once you mix up all of the ingredients, pour it into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Using a knife, mark off sections where you will add the cherries. Since I wanted to get the most cuts, I divided it into 7 down by 4 across squares. Normally, I would make the sections larger for family. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares batter and cherries

Next you want to add the canned cherries. I drop two cherries per section (more if it is a bigger section). Don't worry to much if they touch one another, since the dough will rise over it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares batter and cherries baked

Here you can see what it looks like when is has been baked.  After it is cooled, you drizzle frosting over the cake. Once the frosting dries, cut into squares, using the cherries as your guide. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares baked with frosting

The dogs like to be where I am, so I have a bed in the kitchen. They were playing, but as you can see, it is nap time.  I guess cooking isn't very exciting for them, unless they can eat it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Louie, Caleigh, and Marina Sleeping
No snacking on dessert for them!

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cherry Squares baked with frosting

Easy Cherry Squares                                                       Print

Cake Ingredients:
1 ½ cup sugar                2 cups flour
1 cup butter                1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs                    1 can cherry pie filling

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
At low speed, add vanilla and flour. Pour batter into a well greased 9 by 13 inch pan.
Mark off sections depending on what size you want. (Normally, I make 20 sections) Place a heaping teaspoon of cherry filling into the center of each section.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. Allow cake to cool.

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 2 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients adding the milk until smooth. Pour over cooled cake. Allow to set before cutting into squares.
I hope you enjoy this recipe from my archives.


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