Pecan Cherry Bars
adapted from Everyday Food
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sour cherry jam (from Germany if you can find it)
In a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light in color and fluffy. Add the egg yolk. Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time while beating on low speed. By the last addition of flour, the dough will be crumbly, but you will be able to press it together. Add the chopped pecans.
Measure the jam into a small bowl and stir it with a fork or spoon to make it easier to spread.
Press half the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam over the top, but make sure to leave about 1/4″ of space between jam and the edge of the pan. Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the jam. Lightly press down on the top to form a good layer.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. The top will be golden brown. With these, it’s better to overbake a little than to underbake. Completely cool the bars in the pan. Using a serrated knife, cut into 16 bars. Eat them up!