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Easy Cherry Pie Bars

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Easy Cherry Pie Bars are a delicious, sweet cookie bar filled with cherries and drizzled with frosting. They’re a perfect dessert for any any occasion!

Easy Cherry Pie Bars on a white plate

Easy Cherry Pie Bars

We really love these cherry bars for a fun mashup between sugar cookies and cherry pie. They are very simple to make and ready in under an hour. The drizzle of frosting really took these bars over the top!

If you like this recipe, then also be sure to check out Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Apple Slab Pie, Flag Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Easy Reese’s Cup Stuffed Brookies.

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the cherry bars (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cups butter, softened – we used salted butter.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract– this is optional, but adds great flavor!
  • 21 ounce can cherry pie filling – we used an extra cherry variety, but you can use any cherry pie filling you like.
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

ingredients to make Easy Cherry Pie Bars

Making Easy Cherry Pie Bars

Whisk together the flour and salt and set this aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and flavor extracts and beat until smooth.

Now add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.

beating together ingredients for a sugar cookie crust in a KitchenAid mixer

Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with nont-stick cooking spray, then scoop part of the cookie dough into the dish.

scooping cookie dough into a square baking dish

Spread the dough into an even layer edge to edge.

spreading cookie dough into the bottom of a square baking dish

Now pour the cherry pie filling over the crust, then drop small tablespoonfuls of the remaining dough over the cherries.

dollops of cookie dough over cherry pie filling

Bake the cherry pie bars at 350ºF for 30-35 minutes until set. Mix together the powdered sugar and the milk and drizzle over the cherry bars once they have cooled to room temperature.

Easy Cherry Pie Bars in a burgundy square baking dish

Slice the cherry pie bars and serve.

cherry pie filling between sugar cookie dough

How to Store the Cherry Pie Bars

Store leftover cherry bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Easy Cherry Pie Bars on a white dish with a yellow and white striped napkin

How to Serve the Bars

You can slice and serve the cherry bars right from the pan. We chose to slice the bars and then remove them from the pan and served them on a platter.

You may want to add an extra topping such as vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.

cherry bars on a white rectangle dish

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Servings: 9

Cherry Pie Bars

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
 
Easy Cherry Pie Bars are a delicious, sweet cookie bar filled with cherries and drizzled with frosting. They're a perfect dessert for any any occasion! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract optional
  • 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt; set aside.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat until well combined.

  4. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.

  5. Scoop 1 ½ cups of the dough mixture into the prepared pan and press down to form the bottom crust.Spread the pie filling over the crust. Dollop the remaining dough all over the top of the pie filling.

  6. Bake the cherry bars at 350F for 30-35 minutes until set and beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

  7. Cool the cherry bars in the pan until room temperature. Combine the powdered sugar and milk to make the glaze and drizzle over the cooled cherry bars. Cut into 9 squares to serve.

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