These Cherry Bars are incredibly easy to make and absolutely scrumptious. They're sure to be a hit with all your friends and family.
These cherry bars are so easy to make. Layers of batter, cherry pie filling and lots of icing drizzled over top.
I think by now my readers have probably learned a couple of things about me. One is I love cherry pie filling more than any normal person should. Not even kidding, it's a serious obsession.
The second thing is I have horrible timing. I wanted to post these weeks ago, but life just got in the way a little bit. I'm a bit of a procrastinator.
Never intentionally. My life, just like most of you reading this, is quite hectic.
I made these bars after seeing them on Pinterest. There are so many versions of them out there. For the purpose of this post, I used Taste of Home's version, but tweaked it just a wee bit. I also really love Deliciously Sprinkled's version.
There are tons of versions of Cherry Bars, or Cherry Kuchen Bars, out there. Many bloggers have their own versions of them. They are incredibly popular because they taste so flipping amazing.
So, whether you want to call them Cherry Bars, Cherry Pie Bars or Cherry Kuchen Bars, they will rock your world when you make them. The dough is perfectly soft, the sweet cherry pie filling with the glaze over top is perfection.
- Butter - Honestly, you can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. However, it does need to be softened butter.
- Sugar - I used granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar for this recipe. Confectioners' sugar is icing sugar, just to clarify.
- Salt - Normally, I would say you can omit salt in some recipes but in this one I find it enhances the sweetness of the bars. That said, if you are watching your sodium intake for health reasons, you can omit it.
- Eggs - For this recipe, I used large eggs.
- Extract - Not all extracts are equal. I actually used almond extract for these bars. Almond extract works beautifully with cherry recipes.
- Flour - I used all purpose flour. You don't need to sift it for this particular recipe.
- Cinnamon - Not only does cinnamon smell amazing but it really adds flavour and warmth to recipes, in my opinion. Don't skimp on the cinnamon.
- Nutmeg - While I love cinnamon like no other, I also really love nutmeg in a lot of baking. The flavour adds a nice touch to cherry desserts, especially when combined with cinnamon.
- Pie filling - For these bars, I used cherry pie filling. You could easily swap out other flavours of pie filling if you like.
- Milk - I used 2 % milk for this recipe. You could also use water if you don't have milk on hand.
How to Make Cherry Bars:
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Then, spray a pan with non-stick spray.
- Next, in a large bowl combine the butter, granulated sugar and salt. Cream them together till light and fluffy.
- Now add the eggs, one at a time. Mix well after adding each egg.
- Then, add the almond extract and mix briefly.
- Next, gradually add the flour.
- Add the cinnamon and nutmeg next and mix briefly by hand.
- After that, pour about 3 cups of the batter into a prepared pan and smooth out.
- Next, take spoonfuls of the pie filling and drop them randomly over the batter.
- Then, drop the remaining batter randomly over the pie filling.
- Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove the bars from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.
- Next, in a small bowl combine confectioners' sugar, extract and milk. Whisk until smooth.
- Pour the icing over the bars randomly.
- Slice and serve!
- Blueberry - Use blueberry pie filling instead of cherry.
- Peach - You can make your own peach pie filling or buy canned peach pie filling.
- Apple - Honestly, apple pie filling is pretty easy to make but feel free to use pre-made if you like.
- Lemon - Personally, I've been dying to try these with lemon curd.
- Rhubarb - These would be amazing with rhubarb or a rhubarb-strawberry combination.
- Strawberry - To be honest, strawberry pie filling is another one you can make easily on your own. If you're not inclined to make it buy canned.
- Blackberry - Use fresh blackberries to make a fun homemade version of this recipe.
- Mixed Berry - I buy mixed berries in the frozen food aisle often. These bars would be amazing with a mixed berry base.
Other Fabulous Dessert Recipes:
- Strawberry Filled Mini Puff Pastries
- Chocolate Crunch Bites
- Chocolate Tacos
- No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
- Rustic Peach Slab Pie
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For the Bars:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a pan with non-stick spray. You can use a 15 x 10 inch pan (sheet pan) or a 9 x 13 casserole dish. You just won’t get the straight edges with the pan I used. Things like that don’t rattle this girl.
- In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar, and salt. Cream them together until light and fluffy. I used my stand mixer with my paddle attachment.
- Now add the eggs, one at a time, mixing really well after each addition.
- Add the extract, mix again.
- Now gradually add the flour, mix on low while adding until it’s all combined. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg, mix briefly by hand.
- Pour about 3 cups of the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth it out.
- Now take spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling and drop them randomly over the batter. Smooth as best you can.
- Now take the remaining batter and drop spoonfuls of it randomly over the pie filling portion.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, you want the top golden brown.
- Remove the dish from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- In in a small bowl mix the confectioners’ sugar, extract and milk. Start with 2 tablespoons of milk, then adjust by adding more until you get the desired consistency for your glaze. Now drizzle the glaze over the bars. You can do it neatly, or messy. Matters little in the grand scheme of things.
- Serve with a big old cherry loving smile.
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