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Cherry Bars Recipe

A no-fuss cherry bars recipe featuring sweet cherry pie filling sitting atop a rich, buttery crust and topped with an indulgent almond icing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry bars, cherry bars recipe, cherry pie bars, cherry pie bars recipe, cherry pie filling recipe, cherry recipes
Servings: 35 Servings
Calories: 194kcal


Cherry Bars

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (two ((2)) sticks, softened)
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Extract
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 42 Ounces Cherry Pie Filling (two ((2)) cans)

Almond Glaze (icing)

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Milk (or heavy cream)


Cherry Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., and grease a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll sheet.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and salt on low speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Continue to mix on low speed until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour, and mix until combined.
  • Spoon about 3 cups (approximately ⅔) the batter onto the prepared jelly roll sheet. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the jelly roll sheet.
  • Top the batter with both cans of cherry pie filling. Spread to the pie filling evenly, leaving about ½ inch - 1 inch of batter uncovered around the edges.
  • Place teaspoon-sized drops of the remaining batter over the cherry pie filling.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the bars are golden bar. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan.

Almond Glaze (icing)

  • In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk. For a thinner glaze, add an additional 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk.
  • Use a plastic bag with a corner cut off or a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cooled cherry bars.
  • Cut and serve. The bars will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container at room temperature or up to 5 days in the refrigerator.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one (1) small cherry bar (about one ((1)) by one ((1)) inch). Actual calories will vary. 


Serving: 1Ounce | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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