Harvest Bars
Author: Betsy Cohen
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • 5 ounces dried cherries, chopped
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup apricot jam
  • 1½ teaspoons sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. For the harvest bars:
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine the sliced almonds, sunflower seeds and dried cherries into a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Beat for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl down as needed. Blend in vanilla. Add the flour and salt and mix on low speed just until combined.
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan. Use the palm of your hand to evenly push the dough out. Pour the jam over the dough and use the back of a spoon to distribute it evenly.
  6. Spoon or pour the nut/cherry mixture onto the jam. Gently press it into the jam. The mixture will not go in completely, but you want to press the nuts together. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top.
  7. Bake at 325° for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.
  8. Betsy's tidbits:
  9. Dried cranberries may be substituted for the dried cherries.
  10. Other flavors of jam may be substituted for apricot jam.
Recipe by Desserts Required at https://www.dessertsrequired.com/harvest-bars