Cherry Bars

With a hint of almond extract, a heavenly glaze, and cherry pie filling swirled throughout, these delicious Cherry Bars are the sweetest way to easily treat a crowd!

If you love all the flavors in Cherry Pie, you’ll love these simple no-fuss Cherry Bars! They’re similar to our Peach Crumb Bars but with a rich red color and tart cherry taste.

A sheet pan of cherry bars cut into squares

Easy cherry pie bars!

Have any of your friends ever made a dessert before, and after trying it you tell them, “I NEED that recipe!!” Well, that’s exactly what happened when I tried my friend, Marie’s, Cherry Bars.

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?

This cherry pie bar recipe is great for so many reasons, but it also serves a ton, making it perfect for parties and get togethers. They are amazing served on their own but would also be great served with ice cream. 🙂

Cherry pie filing in bowl

Tips for Perfect Cherry Bars

Pan size: If you do not have a jelly roll pan that is 10×15 you can use a 9×13 pan. However, the dough will be thicker and will require a longer bake time. 

No sticking: To make cutting and serving this dessert easy, simply line your pan with parchment paper. Once the bars cool a bit, use the overhanging parchment paper to lift it out of the pan.

Perfect slices: Then you can use a sharp knife, wiping the blade between cuts, to make even squares.

Variations

This recipe is pretty easy to change and use your favorite pie filling. Instead of using a cherry pie filling you could use blueberry, peach, raspberry or strawberry pie filling.

Adding a cream cheese layer is also really delicious. Simply beat together 8oz cream cheese (softened), ¼ c sugar and 1 egg. Spread it over the batter, then add the cherry pie filling layer. 

Cherry pie bars baked in a metal sheet pan

Storage Tips

STORE the cherry bars in an airtight container, separating the layers with parchment or wax paper. They will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

To FREEZE the bars, wrap each one with plastic wrap. Then, either wrap them each again with aluminum foil or place the plastic wrapped bars in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw before serving. 

Cherry bars sliced up

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Cherry Bars Recipe

5 from 9 votes
With a hint of almond extract, a heavenly glaze, and cherry pie filling swirled throughout, these delicious Cherry Bars are the sweetest way to easily treat a crowd!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 241 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Equipment

  • 10 ½  x 15 ½  jelly roll pan

Ingredients

Bar

  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp almond extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease your 10 ½  x 15 ½ jelly roll pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 33-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely.
  • For glaze, mix together the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl; drizzle over cooled bars. Let set until glaze is set.
  • Cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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