Cherry Pie Bars

Delicious Cherry Pie Bars - all from scratch without using canned cherry pie filling.

These cherry pie bars are the bomb.  Period.

That is, unless you don’t like cherry pie.

But it happens to be my very favorite fruit pie and I’ll almost always choose it over any other.  I’ve seen Cherry Pie Bar recipes all over pinterest but every recipe uses store-purchased canned pie filling, which I don’t like.  So I used my homemade filling recipe and combined it with the bar ingredients from all the recipes floating around the net and came up with this seriously-to-die-for dessert.  Only next time I’m going to leave the drizzled glaze off because it made it just a bit too sweet for our taste.  I like that it’s baked in a baking dish lined with foil so it’s easy to remove from the pan for cutting and serving, and the leftovers were popped into the freezer and pulled out later for individual evening treats.

It’s so much like eating cherry pie and is so delicious served up warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I’m already making plans to make this up with my two other favorite fruit pie fillings:  apple and peach.  So stay tuned…

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Ingredients

    For the Bars:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pitted red tart cherries, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • For the Glaze: {optional}
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining with foil and spraying with cooking spray, then set aside.
  2. For the Filling:
  3. Mix the sugar and flour. Stir in the cherries, almond or vanilla extract, butter, and red food coloring. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the filling thickens. Set aside to cool.
  4. For the Bars:
  5. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mimer, beat the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy.
  6. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until smooth.
  7. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.
  8. Reserve about 3/4 cup of the dough for the topping. Spread the remaining dough in the prepared pan by putting it all in the pan and then placing a piece of plastic wrap over the dough and pressing it down to spread out the dough.
  9. Top with the pie filling.
  10. Drop the remaining dough by small spoonfuls evenly over the top of the pie filling, leaving space between the spoonfuls.
  11. Bake for 23-35 minutes, until the dough is lightly browned.
  12. Remove and cool completely.
  13. For the Glaze: {optional}
  14. Whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract, and 1 tablespoon milk.
  15. Add more milk or powdered sugar as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  16. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars and allow to set before slicing.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/cherry-pie-bars/

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2 Responses to Cherry Pie Bars

  1. Shanice July 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I have to try this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    • Lori July 22, 2014 at 12:08 am #

      Thanks for the invite, Shanice. I’ll try to stop by on Friday.

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