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Cherry Bars Recipe
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Cherry Bars Recipe

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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
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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 batter into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining batter 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.
Originally published as Cherry Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p51

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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.

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.

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 !

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.

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

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

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