Cherry Almond Bars

10 oz jar maraschino cherries
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
1/4 c. confectioners sugar
2 eggs
1-cup almonds (sliced)
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pink Glaze (recipe follows)

Pink Glaze Ingredients:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp almond flavoring
2-3 tsp reserved maraschino cherry juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain maraschino cherries and reserve juice for glaze. Coarsly slice cherries and set aside. Mix next three ingredients together with spoon. Press firmly into a 9 x 9 x 2 ungreased square pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until firm. Mix eggs in bowl with fork and stir in chopped cherries and rest of ingredients (with exception of Pink Glaze). Pour over baked layer. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a light brown. Cool completely. Pour Pink Glaze over bars.

Pink Glaze Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and thin to pour.

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