Cherry Bars

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. 😀

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.

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    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!

  2. 2

    This is a dessert I can get behind! I love fruit in sweet treats like this!
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  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Yum – thank you Kristyn. I love Cherry Bars.

  6. 6

    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!
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  7. 7

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

  8. 8

    These look so yummy! How brilliant is it when a friend introduces you to a new recipe…
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  9. 9

    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

  10. 10
    Sharon Schleif :

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

  11. 11

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