Cherry Bars Recipe
- 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
- 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 35-40 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.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 bar: 112 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Reviews for Cherry Bars
"Very good, but too sweet. Next time I'll omit the icing."
"Great dessert for a crowd or potluck. Those who are crazy about cherry pie loved it. easy to make and not very many ingredients required. I find it easier to put the dough on top of the cherries using a small "scoop"...just pick up a small amount of the dough and plop it on at regular intervals, no mess!"
"This is a fantastic dessert to feed a crowd. I was a bit skeptical of how thick my batter was to spread on the bottom of my pan, but it all baked up just fine! These cut best for me after chilling slightly. Delicious!"
"My husband and I loved this recipe. I will reduce the sugar by 1/2 and continue to use the icing next time.I halved the recipe and used 9x9 baking pan and cooked 40 min. Delicious!!"
"Here's a little trick I use to make my glaze sugar free. I take sugar free vanilla frosting and put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds (make sure the foil top is removed), just long enough to be "pourable" as a glaze. I don't use much, just enough for squiggles on top. Flavorings like almond extract can also be added by the teaspoon after microwaving."
"These cherry bars are sooo moist, but not too sweet! We love these. The possibilities are endless with canned pie filling and extracts used to complement the fruit! Yummy!!"
"Perfect for our Canada 150 celebrations this up coming weekend! Cooking for 50 and this is one of the desserts I chose to make~ Perfect & festive."
"So delicious!!! Reminds me of a pastry we use to make at the Bakery I worked at in during high school."
"Very good, easy, will make again! I also used only one can of cherries & extra almond extract& cooked 5 minutes longer. Pays to look at reviews! I loved the cherries and will try peaches too."
"DELICIOUS. Is kind of like a cherry pie with a sugar cookie crust. Didn't have the right sized pan, (I need another piece of bakeware like I need a hole in the head!) so I used a 10x13. Because of smaller pan, the dessert was too thick and juicy to cut into bars even though I cooked it quite a bit longer. Will continue to tinker until it works in a 10x13. It really doesn't matter about pan size because it's going to be fantastic no matter what."
"I made 1/2 the recipe exactly and put on smaller cookie sheet it was delicious,and simple to make,try with a scoop of vanilla icecream,yummy.will definitely make again."
"Made these today using Stevia baking blend and egg substitute. Made a half-recipe.Baked for 30 minutes, but probably should/could have left them in for another 5. Will do that next time.Did not make the frosting drizzle, and don't need to -- these have a really nice flavor. We wouldn't want it to be too sweet."
"We liked this recipe. I made as is."
"The taste was good, but I had trouble getting them completely cooked. I baked for 45 minutes until the top was golden brown. When I went to cut them, the lower crust was not cooked the whole way through. I had to put them back in the oven for 10-15 minutes more. Next time I will try baking the bottom crust for maybe 15 minutes before putting the cherries on, similar to how lemon squares are baked."
"Really bland. Looked super delicious in the pic. I would say skip the almond extract and use cinnamon in its place. And instead of the mixture on top us a cobbler/cake crumble instead. I think that would do the trick. Nobody in my family of 6 liked it. And I'm the only one that is picky. So that's pretty bad."
"Would give this 5 stars had I not altered the recipe based on some of the reviews I read. I cut the amount of sugar in half (which didn't seem to make a difference) and only used 1 can of pie filling. It seemed like enough (I used raspberry), but after baking I regretted that decision. Will definitely make again and use the full 2 cans. Other than that, these were a hit at the Wisconsin Badger football party I took them to."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.farmerjoy"
"We love these bars at my house! I have made them several times and have even taken some to school for a bake sale."
"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."
"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. :)"
"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."
"These were easy to make and very good. I did add slivered almonds to the top and that made it even better!!!"
"Great! Feeds a crowd! Wonderful flavor with hint of almond."
"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!"
"my Mom made these and we called them Valentine Squares. very good !!"
"These bars are sooo good!!!! The only changes, 1/2 cup less sugar and added 1tsp baking powder. Excellent recipe."
"Better than I expected.. they were great! I used Raspberry filling since that was what I had on hand!"
"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."
"Really good, I will definitely make these again BUT will 1/2 cup less sugar."
"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!"
"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."
"I have made these many times and they always go! They're just right, not too sweet and easy to make."
"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....."
"Mixed emotions about these. The crust and toping is lacking something. I think maybe a sweeter crumb topping might be better."
"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."
"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 !"
"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."
"Cut sugar to 1 cup and sub with 1 cup of finely chopped pecans."
"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."
"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."
"These are delicious! I sprinkled with powdered sugar instead of making the icing - wonderful! Big hit on Valentine's Day.."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"very good --nothing but good reviews from everyone who eat these. did have to bake 20 minutes longer till golden brown. YUM YUM!"
"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."
"These are very good. I baked them 10 minutes longer than suggested. The bottom layer became a little soggy after sitting for a day."
"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."
"These were Awesome, My family love them. I am making them this Holiday also."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!!!!!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Made this one yesterday, It was a big hit at work and at home."
"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."
"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!"
"This was so easy to make and it was DELICIOUS!! All the cherry loving people in my family loved it."
"it was a very deliciooous recipe alot better than i thought it would be"
"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!"
"Terrific!!! Tasted delicious and served beautifully. I had alot of valentines after serving this."
"SOOOO GOOD! An instant hit with the family!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"This is a delicious recipe! It's kind of a cobbler/Danish hybrid and turns out great with other fruit fillings as well."