Monday, July 30, 2012

Cherry Limeade Bars

When it comes to my two sons, the apple didn’t fall far from the maternal tree.  They are as adept at cooking and baking as I was at that age.  Lucky them, they live in the age of the Internet where recipes, reviews, and helpful hints are only a few touch strokes away.  My younger son is the guest chef today.  Like his mother he’ll Google ingredients just to see what he comes up with.  He loves maraschino cherries (we could not keep them in the house when he was a kid, though we ended up with loads of jars full of juice and perhaps the remnant of a cherry), and key lime, so Googled those ingredients and found this recipe on the Cheeky Kitchen blog.  He whipped up a batch and brought them over for me to sample and photograph.
Tasty and with a lot of zing from the lime juice, these make a most refreshing summer dessert.

My son, Andrew, who really loves his food!

Cherry Limeade Bars
1 c. flour
½ c. butter, softened
¼ c. powdered sugar
Dash of salt
6 oz. can maraschino cherries, undrained
½ Tbsp. cornstarch
3 eggs
¼ c. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
¼ c. key lime juice
Green Gel Food Coloring

Preheat oven to 350° F.  In a large bowl, combine flour, butter, powdered sugar, salt and flour until well mixed.  Press into the bottom of a 9
”×9 baking pan. Pour the entire, undrained can of maraschino cherries into a blender, add cornstarch, and blend until well chopped (but not pureed).  Using a spatula, carefully spread the cherry mixture over the crust mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, beat together remaining ingredients. Pour over cooked crust and cherry mixture. Return to oven and bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture has set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
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Anonymous said...

Yum!!! Yum!!!...he did good!!..I know you are proud of son and this looks delish!!

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

What a talented son you have! Now you can sit back and let him do more cooking and baking for the family :)

Mary said...

I bet these are as delicious as colorful! So fun your son has the chef gene :) said...

This looks so yummy! I would be happy to have you share this and any other idea you would like to link up to "One Creative Weekend" at It starts on Friday. I can't wait to try these! (Pinned)

Dawn Lopez said...

What a fun and cheery looking dessert! Yum!

Jane said...

Two of my favorite flavors...cherry and lime! Andrew "did good".

Like you, I have wonderful sons who cook...and search Google and Pinterest for recipes, when they are not creating their own. My eldest has developed the BEST key lime pie I have ever tasted (and we are from FL!!!)

Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Winnie said...

I think these bars look colorful and wonderful
I have to doubt the're delicious as the look :)

House Of Aqua said...

Cherry limeade bars?!?! How awesome is that!

Anonymous said...

I love Cherries and lime and was wondering how to combine them. Love it. I'd really love if you could link up to THURSDAY FOOD FEST @ I'd love to have you! Congrats on your feature! Sarah