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Cherry Bars

Whip up a pan of these festive bars in just 20 minutes with staple ingredients and cherry pie filling. Between the easy preparation and the pretty colors, they're destined to become a holiday classic. —Jane Kamp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.
  • Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Some ovens run cooler than others so you may need to adjust the bake time as needed.
  • Use any pie filling you like. Blueberry, apricot and raspberry all work well.
  • For a Black Forest variation, add a handful of mini chocolate chips.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 112 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


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    • mrscessna
      Sep 14, 2020

      Cherries and almond is a perfect combo!

    • Kim
      Sep 8, 2020

      This crust has no baking powder or baking soda and it results in being very flat. There are better recipes than this one.

    • Lori
      Sep 2, 2020

      This has become a family favorite! It is easy to make and everyone loves it!

    • kedi
      Jul 5, 2020

      I’ve made this recipe in a smaller size, 9 x13 inch pan for over 30 years. Easy to make and always a hit! Never fails and is easy to make. It’s an old standby recipe.

    • Margie
      May 4, 2020

      I cut this recipe in half as I only had one can of pie filling. Used 9x9 pan. Took roughly 45 minutes to bake but turned out like a cherry danish. Really good! I'll make it again.

    • Kristin
      May 1, 2020

      With a few left over pantry items during Covid-19 quarantine, this was a hit!! I didn’t have almond extract so used a bit more vanilla extract. Crust was amazing good. Cherry pie filling was ok but would have added some fresh cherries to really make it pop.

    • Carole
      Apr 21, 2020

      I have made these bars several times. Very good and easy to make.

    • JTCooksOK
      Mar 3, 2020

      This recipe is delightfully easy to make and really impressive in the sheet pan. I would drizzle either the confectionary sugar glaze or chocolate ganache to really up the flavor of cherry and chocolate. I would try any pie flavor filling for your own taste preference. The buttery crust and crumb-like topping is delicious.

    • patti
      Jan 30, 2020

      I made this Cherry Bar recipe after the holidays and then wished I had made it for the holidays! It is wonderful. My family loved it and wanted the recipe. Next time, I'm trying with either peach or apple!

    • Ally
      Jan 6, 2020

      This is a recipe my grandmother and then mother used to make. I make it for work potlucks because it’s easy, needs few “special” ingredients (not usually on hand), so can be made in a pinch. I believe this recipe was in a magazine or newspaper where my grandmother would’ve gotten it.