Cherry Bars

Brownies & Bars · May 6, 2015

Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert! { lilluna.com }

Have any of your friends ever made a dessert before, and after trying to it you tell them, “I NEED that recipe!!”

Well, that’s exactly what happened at our Church Easter Egg Hunt back in March. We had a huge potluck where everyone brought a myriad of desserts and goodies and that is where I tried my friend, Marie’s, Cherry Bars. I knew I needed to have that recipe in my life, and I knew I needed to have at least 2 more bars that day, lol (no worries, I had just one and fought the temptation). These bars were DELICIOUS, but the two things I loved most about them were: A) they had almond extract which is my all-time FAVORITE ingredient and B) they just looked darn right pretty. And who can resist a pretty treat? I know I can’t!

I asked Marie if she would make them again so I could take pictures and add them to my site, so she did. SO, yes, I did not make these Cherry Bars, but you better believe I will be – and soon!! I just knew they would be beautiful if she made them since she’s been making them for years. She told me she got the recipe from an old family friends way back when, and I’m so happy she shared it with me so I could share it with all of you, in return. 😀

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This dessert is great for so many delicious reasons, but it also serves a ton making it perfect for parties and get togethers. With Memorial Day coming up, I thought it would also be great for that. They are amazing served on their own but would also be great served with ice cream. 🙂

Here is the recipe from Marie:

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Cherry Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 - (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP milk
  • ½ tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your large jelly rolly pan.
  3. Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beating well. Add flour and baking powder, stir just until blended.
  4. Spread ⅔ of the batter into the cookie sheet. Spread the pie filling over the batter. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over the pie filling.
  5. Bake for 33-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out  clean.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. For glaze, mix together the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl; drizzle over cooled bars. Let set until glaze is set.
  8. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert! { lilluna.com }

Check out all that yummy glaze!!

Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert! { lilluna.com }

Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert! { lilluna.com }

And the cherries?! Yes, please!

Delicious Cherry Bars topped with a heavenly glaze that has hints of almond extract. It will be your new favorite dessert! { lilluna.com }

Umm, yeah. I think you need this Cherry Bars recipe as much as I did.

I absolutely love finding great recipes from friends that become family favorites, and knowing how quick these bars were gone, I can tell you now that it is definitely a keeper!

We also love having these “bar” recipes because they are always easy, delicious and perfect for parties.

For more great bars, check out these family favorites:

Simple and delicious Cake Mix Cookie Bars - a great "go-to" dessert recipe. { lilluna.com } Soft bars made from yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, mini m&m's, and chocolate chips!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars - yes, please!! An easy dessert that everyone loves { lilluna.com } So soft, they melt in your mouth - made with a yellow cake mix, powdered sugar, and cream cheese!

Gooey Butter Bars

And for a new one, check out:

Snickers Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Crust recipe. A delicious crunchy, chocolatey, oreo crust with a cheesecake middle and yummy snickers on top with a drizzle of chocolate and caramel.

Snickers Cheesecake Bars

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Tom ~ Raise Your Garden

Ok, so I’m on dessert duty for this Mother’s Day. My wifes family is all coming over and these cherry bars looks perfect. Plus, they stress me out, won’t get into that here, but sometimes just eating is better than talking!

Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife

This is a dessert I can get behind! I love fruit in sweet treats like this!

Christina

Oh my favorite combination cherry and almond extract. Can’t wait to try these.

Linda

Looks and sounds yummy! Are there specific dimensions for the “large” jelly roll pan?

Liz

Yum – thank you Kristyn. I love Cherry Bars.

Melissa

Someone brought these to party I had and I thought it would be complicated to make. But the recipe looks so easy! I will definitely add this to my list of must-make desserts!

Rita May

You lost me at “large” jelly roll pan. I have 2 sizes. What are your dimensions for “large”?

Lucy

These look so yummy! How brilliant is it when a friend introduces you to a new recipe…

Bobi

Oh yum. Your pictures are amazing!

I have a link party going on this weekend, I’d love to have you join:

http://www.bobijensen.com/2015/05/come-join-party.html

Thanks, Bobi

Sharon Schleif

What size Jellyroll pan for the cherry bars?
Thank you, Sharon

Liz

Yum – thank you Kristyn and Happy 4th to you and your family~

Teresa

I made this in my jelly roll pan 13 x 17 and they are burnt. I should of known when I had to spread the dough so thin to make it fit across the pan. If you could include the dimensions of your pan, it would be appreciated although I don’t think I will try it again anyway. This is the third pinterest recipe I’ve made that has been a total fail.

    Lil' Luna

    I am sorry that they burnt! I have a 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 pan, so yours is slightly larger & would be thinner. Also, keep in mind that all ovens are different, so you may need to adjust the baking time. Mine gets super hot, so I know the time will always be less, than what is suggested. Thanks for trying them though!!

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