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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 112 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Cherry Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 112 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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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."

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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!!!"

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

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

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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!"

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

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

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