2cupspitted fresh cherries, cut in half (measuring after pitting)
Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Grease an 8x8 inch square pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almonds, ½ cup sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla and almond extract. Then, using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the cold butter and egg mixture in with your dry ingredients.
Press ⅔s to ¾s of the mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
Toss your cherries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch and water. Then sprinkle evenly over the base layer, then crumble the remaining dough over the cherries. Optionally, sprinkle additional tablespoon of sugar on top of your bars.
Bake in your pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes. The top crumbs should be just lightly browning.
Allow to cool completely, then cut into 9 large squares or 16 bite-sized.
Bars are best if stored in the fridge in an airtight container.