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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars taste just like the classic recipe, but in bar form. With a buttery crust, sweet cherry filling and vanilla glaze, these bars are the easiest way to get your pie fix!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry bars, cherry dessert
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 302kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (21 ounce) cherry pie filling

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 10x15 or 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla and almond extracts, baking powder, and salt. Add flour to mixture, ½ cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • Spread about ¾ of batter onto bottom of pan in an even layer. Spread pie filling evenly over dough. Drop rest of dough by the teaspoonful evenly over pie filling.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding the glaze.
  • To prepare the vanilla glaze, in a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and milk or heavy cream until smooth and reaches your desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled bars.

Notes

  • I used a 9x13 pan to bake these bars. It results in a thicker bar and may need more cooking time than using a 10x15 pan.
  • Store these bars in the refrigerator for up to four days for best results. Bars can be stored at room temperature but will soften (almost like a cobbler texture, still delicious).
  • See my tips and tricks for making these Cherry Pie Bars above the recipe box.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg