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Dessert: Cherry Pie Bars

Happy 4th to everyone!

I know it’s not Friday, but I just needed to share this recipe in time for the holiday tomorrow.

We hosted a dinner over the weekend and I wanted to create the desserts myself. Apple pie and brownies were already on the menu, but I wanted to add something I hadn’t made before.

#Summer always makes me think of cherries. I used Pinterest to locate a simple recipe using cherries in something other than a pie. If you want to peruse my Pinterest boards, you can check them out here. We all know that pie is ALWAYS a great idea, but since I was already making apple, cherry pie bars were the winner.

I pinned two recipes for these awhile back from lilluna and MomSpark and forgot about them. I decided to combine the two. They were really easy to make and a big hit at our dinner.

Cherry Pie Bars

cherry_pie_bars2BARS:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 – 3 (21 oz) cans cherry pie filling

GLAZE:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

 

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your large jelly roll pan or cookie sheets with tall sides. Personally, I prefer to use parchment paper in lieu of greasing the pan.
  3. Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beating well. Add flour and baking powder, stir just until blended.

    cherry_pie_bars1
    These cherry pie bars are great with coffee too!
  4. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the cookie sheet.
  5. Spread the pie filling over the batter.
  6. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over the pie filling.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out  clean.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. Mix together the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl.
  10. Drizzle glaze over fully cooled bars and allow glaze to set.
  11. Cut into bars and serve!

Enjoy the holiday!

-Kim

1 thought on “Dessert: Cherry Pie Bars”

  1. Kim, Thanks for sharing. When I saw your prior post I was going to ask you for the recipe. Did you use cake flour or plain old all purpose flour? What size pan did you use? A cookie sheet with sides? Auntie j

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