It’s that most wonderful time of year again – Christmas!!! A time to relish in family traditions. And so today, as my Christmas gift to you, I’m sharing a recipe that is a long-time favourite in my home.
When I was growing up, we were lucky enough to live for several years in an extremely tight knit and lovely neighbourhood. Every Christmas, after celebrating the Holiday with our particular families, we would all converge on the Heinemann’s home for delicious treats, and the exchanging of presents. It was at those gatherings that I was first introduced to cherry squares; they were a universal favourite that prompted my mom to ask for the recipe. And so began the tradition of making cherry squares every Christmas.
After I moved to British Columbia, I managed to forget about those squares. Then this Christmas, I found myself in my Coastal Casa daydreaming of home and all the lovely treats my mother would bake. That’s when I remembered the cherry squares, and asked my mom to send me the recipe.
Something magical happened when I made those squares. I was transported to my home in Toronto. To Christmases long ago, with my family of four.
And so my Christmas gift to you this year, is this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have over the years!
Cherry Squares Recipe
1/2 cup of butter softened
1 cup of flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease an 8×8 pan. Mix all the ingredients until combined and pat evenly into the pan. Bake until golden brown – time will vary according to your oven but it should take approximately 15-20 minutes. While the crust is baking, combine the rest of the ingredients for the squares.
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
1/2 cup of chopped cherries (either maraschino or candied cherries will do)
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour on top of the golden crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 325 F. Bake until the topping is set, and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool, and cut into squares. Enjoy!
From my casa to yours, I hope you have the Merriest Christmas surrounded by love, and warmth (especially if you’re in Toronto)!!
Question: Is there a particular baked treat that reminds you of Christmases growing up?