Makes 36 dainty squares
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Beat butter, cherry juice, almond flavoring and powdered sugar together well. (Beat slowly at first to keep sugar from flying all over).
Blot cherries with paper towels and stir in.
Drop dabs here and there over first layer then spread.
Let stand for 10 minutes or so.
Using your hand, pat smooth.
Melt butter in small saucepan.
Add chocolate chips and stir to melt.
Pour over top of second layer.
With teaspoon, smooth over all.
(Work quickly so as not to bring any second layer up to the top).
Cuts into 36 squares.
LuAnn comments: I made a vegan version of these for Valentine's Day, and they were indeed "exquisite", both in appearance and taste! (Imagine a chocolate-covered cherry, transformed into a bar). Picture below was taken by LuAnn, and is unretouched.