Cherry Bars Recipe

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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 cherry pie filling. Between the easy preparation and pretty color, they're destined to become a holiday classic. —Jane Kamp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Featured In: Top 10 Cherry Desserts
MAKES:
60 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:
60 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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

Directions

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.
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.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top. Yield: 5 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Some ovens run cooler than others so you may need to adjust the bake time as needed.
  • Use any pie filling you like. Blueberry, apricot and raspberry all work well.
  • For a Black Forest variation, add a handful of mini chocolate chips.
  • Originally published as Cherry Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p51

    Nutritional Facts

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

    • 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 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
  • Some ovens run cooler than others so you may need to adjust the bake time as needed.
  • Use any pie filling you like. Blueberry, apricot and raspberry all work well.
  • For a Black Forest variation, add a handful of mini chocolate chips.
  • Originally published as Cherry Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p51

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    JuliaRose7 User ID: 8760600 277396
    Reviewed Nov. 7, 2017

    "I brought this dessert to a family gathering and I rec'd compliments on it from everyone!!"

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    Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 277370
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2017

    "These are really good. I would have given 5 stars but mine really didn't set up to make it easy to cut into bars, we had to eat them with a fork.gina.kapfhamer Moststandard cookie sheets are 10/15. I can't imagine being able to cut these to make 60 servings .I will try these again maybe using peaches."

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    gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 272756
    Reviewed Sep. 7, 2017

    "When you really want a pie, but want to make it in bulk, these bars are the answer! This is now top of my potluck recipe list. I didn't have a 10x15 pan, so instead used two 8x12 cake pans and just split up the recipe between the two - so my bars probably weren't quite as thick, but were still delicious. This was SO easy to make, and it's flexible too - you can use blueberry or some other pie filling for a different flavor. Also, this keeps well. It doesn't need to be refrigerated and can sit out without getting weird - making it perfect for any party (or to have on the counter at work to go with the daily coffee break)."

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    kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 269894
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2017

    "Very good, but too sweet. Next time I'll omit the icing."

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    pagunning User ID: 2507267 269762
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2017

    "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!"

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    shannondobos User ID: 5115022 269656
    Reviewed Jul. 18, 2017

    "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!"

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    Jocasino User ID: 8893953 269424
    Reviewed Jul. 13, 2017

    "Sounds wonderful!!"

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    Kathy User ID: 9213188 269016
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

    "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!!"

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    salty1 User ID: 2260838 268921
    Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

    "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."

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    2124arizona User ID: 845443 268886
    Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

    "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!!"

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