Holiday Chocolate Chip Squares

Servings: 30 squares Prep. Time: N/A Print

   With the cherries and candied leaves these bars will be a standout on your holiday table!


2 1/4  c all-purpose flour
1 1/4  tsp baking powder
   1/4  tsp salt
      1  c butter, softened
1 1/4  c sugar
      1  egg
      1  tsp vanilla extract
      1  (12 oz) pkg semisweet chocolate morsels
      1  c chopped nuts
      3  (6 oz) jars maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
    16  small candy spearmint leaves, cut into quarters lengthwise


   Preheat oven to 350.

   In bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat until creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually blend in flour mixture. Stir in semisweet chocolate morsels and nuts.

   Spread into greased 13x9" glass baking dish. Press 30 maraschino cherries into dough spacing them to form six rows across and five rows down.  Place 2 quartered spearmint leaves at base of each cherry, press into dough.

   Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes

   Cool and cut into squares.