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Cherry Bars Recipe

Cherry Bars Recipe

Whip up a pan of these festive bars in just 20 minutes with staple ingredients and pie filling. Between the easy preparation and pretty color, they're destined to become a holiday classic. —Jane Kamp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.
  • 2. Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top. Yield: 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 112 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Cherry Bars

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ckciraolo 250376
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"Cherry bars were quite sweet. Loved the Almond/Vanilla combination. Didn't work well in 15x10x1 pan; would suggest using 17x10x1. Will try again in future; may cut icing in half due to overly sweet taste."

foxyhottcakes 250015
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2016

"I loved these and adjusted nothing, except adding some minutes to the bake time. They remind me of something my grandma used to make but better with the glaze and almond flavoring. They were a big hit at the family gathering, too."

manga 247524
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"Very good. Will make again. I added 1/2 tsp almond extract, instead of the 1/4th. I also had to increase the baking time to 40-45 mins. I used powdered sugar, instead of the icing."

farmerjoy 244774
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"With a few minor differences this has been a favorite recipe in my home and community for a good many years. We use only 1 can of cherry filling--I cannot imagine how wet it would be with 2 cans. Try using an apricot pie filling for another very special treat. Haven't made them for quite some time but we all cut them to be a generous size so the yield is not 60 out of a jelly roll size pan.


nightskystar 243703
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Made these today as a valentine surprise for home!! They are so easy...excellent flavor..everyone loves them!! Made exactly as written. Will try again with blueberry pie filling, and raspberry. Bet they would be great with Lemon Curd, too!!"

amsm 243448
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"We love these bars at my house! I have made them several times and have even taken some to school for a bake sale."

ttfn999 242069
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"Super easy to make. Like others recommended, I used only one can of pie filling, flipped the proportions of vanilla and almond extracts and sprinkled a handful of chocolate chips. Could also do without the drizzle, or at least reduce it by half. Hubby thought the bottom cookie was too thick, but I liked it. Next time, I'll reduce the dough on the bottom and add it to the top. I also baked it for 35 minutes and then turned the oven off and let it sit in there for another 5 min with the door cracked. It was perfectly done. 60 portions seems optimistic, but even small, bite-sized squares hold up nicely as a finger food dessert."

JGa2595176 241918
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016 Edited Jan. 25, 2016

"Two BIG thumbs up from our family of four. Easy, simple and delicious recipe. We halved and made in a 13x9 casserole dish. Cooled and drizzled the glaze, looks and tastes as good as it came from a bakery. Yes, i did bake an extra few minutes to obtain the golden color. Loved the almond extract flavor. Will be making again soon, I am sure, and would like to experiment with different fruit filling for variation. YUM! PS- Just made a pan using peach filling, still amazing!! This is a fabulous recipe. :)"

MaryMat 241364
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016


cooter09 234279
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Very good and easy to make. I also reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup , added 1/2 tsp baking powder, and omitted the almond extract. I have made these cherry bars in the past with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, but the hint of glaze was even better!"

heatherirene 230178
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Kind of gooey, but really good and super easy to make. My family loves 'em. I cut the recipe in 1/2. The full recipe makes a 'ginormous' amount. But, almost all of ours from the 1/2-recipe are eaten already. Also, made mine with only vanilla extract, as I'm allergic to the almond. Still came out very good."

sharim276 228583
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"These were easy to make and very good. I did add slivered almonds to the top and that made it even better!!!"

homemadewithlove 228275
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Great! Feeds a crowd! Wonderful flavor with hint of almond."

conj5 224443
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"I tried them for the first time for Easter. They went over very well and were easy to make. I used 1 can pie filling mixed with frozen cherries picked last year to make up the difference for second can. No extra sugar was needed and turned out great. I did add 1/2 tsp. baking powder to dough. Will be making again!"

maryvfarmchick 217720
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"my Mom made these and we called them Valentine Squares. very good !!"

luigis 215523
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"These bars are sooo good!!!! The only changes, 1/2 cup less sugar and added 1tsp baking powder. Excellent recipe."

No_Time_To_Cook 215507
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Better than I expected.. they were great! I used Raspberry filling since that was what I had on hand!"

szsss 215336
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"these are great to you people who dont bake well dont comment unles you make them. why would you comment about them not sweet enough with 2cups of sugar. then another cupof sugar in the glaze.dont bring down the rating on a winning recipe. ikeep seeing the same people with down grading great recipes. very intrested in the blackberry filling. this recipe can be used with many different fillings."

shyrl 51295
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014 Edited Jun. 17, 2015

"Really good, I will definitely make these again BUT will 1/2 cup less sugar."

Cherie Hill 90077
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"These bars are exceptional! Soooo delicious! I made these bars and took them to church. I had so many people come up to me and tell me just how yummy they are. I made these exactly as the recipe states, except I used blackberry pie filling instead of the cherry. Thank you!"

pkah51 32440
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"I have used this recipe for over 20 years. My family loves it. I even make it in 3 round cake pans, and take it to bake sales, and they are gone in minutes for a good price. I also change up the pie filling. Mine doesn't call for the glaze. It has you sift powdered sugar over the top after it is cool. We love it as coffee cake in the morning too. My grandchldren can't get enough of it."

RBirky 82017
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"I have made these many times and they always go! They're just right, not too sweet and easy to make."

MammyKK 81574
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"I have tried this recipe, and have found it to be a very good one, it was very delicious, and I would use it again....."

CmRenstrom 51273
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Mixed emotions about these. The crust and toping is lacking something. I think maybe a sweeter crumb topping might be better."

alfoa 129269
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"They are ok. Not "to-die-for". Easy enough that I may make again, but other desserts outshine these in taste...a little heavy on the almond extract. Turn out well if prepared exactly as directions say, but need to bake longer in the oven."

prettymama 129265
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Great dessert. I used only 1 can of pie filling and baked the bars for 30 minutes in a jelly roll pan and it was perfect. The flavor of the dough was like a sugar cookie. Will definitely be making this again."

lhangel 74740
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"Thought the Cheery bars looked good but was more interested in the nutritional value for them, I didn't make them as didn't know the point value for weight watchers for my family's needs. Hopefully soon that infor will be available and I can make these for my family."

lfalana 129241
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"I had to bake at least 45 to 50 minutes to get some browning on the top, this DID NOT overbake them on the bottom. If I make again I will omit the almond flavoring in the icing.

I took them to work and the reviews were that they were great !"

chin-chilla 204567
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Loved these! Really easy to make. I was concerned when I started them that it was going to be too thin on the pan but they turned out great."

beaverview 37633
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"Cut sugar to 1 cup and sub with 1 cup of finely chopped pecans."

TLPA 74739
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"These were not bad, but were dense with no leavening and just didn't seem quite right. Might be worth trying to add some baking powder because the flavor was pretty good apart from it had a slight eggy flavor."

jobabydoll 32439
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"These are wonderful, I made them for our Thurs. night Bible Study and everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. I have to say this is the best recipe I have gotten in a long time."

michellemfl 32957
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"These are delicious! I sprinkled with powdered sugar instead of making the icing - wonderful! Big hit on Valentine's Day.."

maryHodges 37632
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Made according to recipe and they were great! Very sweet, so you can cut them small and get the 60 servings. Had many compliments when I took them to a potluck."

DianeC23 32956
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Easy to make and sweet. I left off the icing and didn't miss it. Had to bake the bars longer, as many other reviewers suggested. Tasty, but quite plain, otherwise it would get 5 stars."

sklemm 57213
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Loved the flavor - only change I made was that I used cherries from a neighbors tree and made my own filling instead of purchased canned filling"

pooflady 82016
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"Made these once for card club and once for our extended family Christmas (27 people). Overwhelming thumbs-up. The only change I made was I used three cans of Comstock extra cherries and baked for 45 minutes. Not only did it taste great but looked fantastic."

kmarqui 112845
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I love these bars, then again I love sweets. Two non favoring dessert family members actually had seconds. I used blueberry pie filling. It was stated that the bars tasted something like the Hostess Blueberry Pies."

cheryllynnjacob 51268
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"It was simple and plain in my opinion. It tasted like a vanilla wafer cookie with cherry pie filling spread on it. It's so sweet you can eat it without the icing. Sorry to say I don't think I will be making this one again. I would give it one star but my son said it should be a least two stars due to the sweetness factor."

lupster 204566
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"very good --nothing but good reviews from everyone who eat these. did have to bake 20 minutes longer till golden brown. YUM YUM!"

jansiefker 92801
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"This recipe was very good, I think next time I make them I would use 1 large can of pie filling instead of 2 regular size cans."

slvwng 32437
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"I use this recipe often. I also bake a bit longer. I also substitute blueberry pie filling and add a crumb topping for a variation. This recipe is a great last minute dessert for company."

CatMurphy 33912
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"These are very good. I baked them 10 minutes longer than suggested. The bottom layer became a little soggy after sitting for a day."

glitterchatter 129238
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I love cherry desserts, and I wanted this recipe to be as delicious and special as so many reviews said; however, it was so plain tasting."

RUBYINMAN726 74738
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"These were Awesome, My family love them. I am making them this Holiday also."

spooky56_75 90074
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I was attending a 25th Wedding Anniversary and was told the husband loved anything cherry so I thought I would give these a try. My new Taste of Home magazine had just arrived with this recipe featured so I decided to bake a new recipe. They were fabulous! If you like cherry, you will love these! The only change I made was to bake about 5 minutes longer than recommended and did a full teaspoon of almond extract. This recipe is a keeper!"

DDPLoeches 74734
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Fantastic! I even sprinkled chocolate chips on about 1/4 of the cherry topping, and I think that was even better than the plain cherry part."

Grammy Debbie 90073
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This is an absolutely wonderful recipe in all respects. it's easy, delicious and has ingredients which I usually have on-hand in my pantry. I served it to a small breakfast event I catered and it was a hit with everyone. I usuall don't care for cherry things, myself, but this is delicious. I look forward to trying it with blueberry pie filling, too!"

judypaul 32953
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9 x l3 pan. I kept the flavorings the same. It turned out great. it's a keeper!!!!!"

LindaS_WI 204565
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"I made these bars a few days ago and they were a hit. I made two batches, one with the cherry pie filling and another one with blueberry. Both turned out beautifully."

tracyanno 32950
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"This should come with an exercise plan as I made this last night and I thought it turned out real good - so much so that I've eaten more than my fair share. Anyway, it is sweet (and I love sweets). Next time I will cut the sugar though - maybe 1 1/2 cups not 2. Also the cooking time is closer to 40-45 minutes. I will try this again with peaches. YUM!"

smstillinger 129236
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"This was really tasty. I took it to a cookout, and everyone liked it. Several people even said they don't like cherries, but liked this. It did come out more like a cobbler than a bar, though."

sjblgh 57212
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"Have made this for church brunch potluck, and there is never any leftover. Tried cherry and apple, but think I'll do peach next time. Also made for fellow winter Texans potluck and it's a big hit."

llleg 38971
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"This recipe was delicious! I will make this again but will definitely increase the baking time. I baked for approximately 40-45 minutes and the bars in the center of pan were gooey and underbaked. I made them for a potluck and I could not serve the bars in the center, they were a gooey mess."

ejacobsMI 204564
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"My family likes this recipe. Thanks for putting it online. I add 1 tsp baking powder to the batter. I use 1 tsp of almond extract instead of 1/4. Because it is one of my "go to" recipes, I only use one can of cherries. If I were going to bring it a get together, I would use 2 cans."

maggie122398 37629
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"Made this one yesterday, It was a big hit at work and at home."

AnneViolaP.S. 51266
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"This is my go to recipe when I need a good dessert for a potluck. Everyone loves it! I often times use other flavors of pie filling. I have made these with Peach and Blueberry as well as the cherry! :)"

tchr90 32949
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Made this for Christmas and nobody liked it! I thought it was okay, but nothing special enough to make again. This is not going in my recipe book needless to say."

SaraBellaBean 33911
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"My husband isn't wild about cherry pie filling but he's crazy for these bars. I am making these for the 2nd time in 3 days, they were THAT delicious! This makes a generous amount, perfect for sharing with a neighbor and still having some to enjoy. Thanks for this wonderful go to recipe, it's a keeper!"

RhondaLou 57210
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This was so easy to make and it was DELICIOUS!! All the cherry loving people in my family loved it."

greenplants 129234
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"it was a very deliciooous recipe alot better than i thought it would be"

chriskemo 92796
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I had this at a party I went to and it was wonderful. I came home and made it and it was just as good the second time!"

Amy the Midwife 90063
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"I increased the almond extract to 1/2 tsp for the cake since I like the flavor. Glad I did.

I didn't use the glaze. The cake is MORE than sweet enough without it."

mwilson101 204563
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"Terrific!!! Tasted delicious and served beautifully. I had alot of valentines after serving this."

nursern06 81571
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"SOOOO GOOD! An instant hit with the family!"

Aunt Ang 92795
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"I have made this numerous times and have received many compliments on the end result. I have never added the icing, though, and you won't miss it!"

FACSteacher 57209
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"WOW! These were amazingly tasty!! The almond flavor is subtle but appropriate. I halved the recipe and it is just enough for a small gathering of friends! Not just for Christmas either."

luvrotties 81550
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"I have made these numerous times and are always a hit! I make them for our Christmas gathering. Pretty for Christmas. Easy and yummy! The recipe makes a big batch so it's great for our large family gatherings."

markarrie 81881
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Made this easy dessert for Easter dinner...everyone commented on how yummy it was. It would be a perfect addition to a brunch buffet, also."

fiehlerw 204562
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"This is a wonderful recipe. I've made it for several years and it's a favorite. For a little variety, I often use 1 can of cherry and one can of blueberry."

Danielle B. 51244
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2009

"This is a delicious recipe! It's kind of a cobbler/Danish hybrid and turns out great with other fruit fillings as well."

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