Cherry bars

Cherry bars are a delightful and easy-to-make dessert, perfect for showcasing the sweet and tart flavors of cherries. Here’s a simple recipe for delicious cherry bars:


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved (fresh or canned pie filling)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

2. Make the Crust:

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and salt.
  • Gradually add the flour, mixing until well combined.
  • Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

3. Bake the Crust:

  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 15-18 minutes or until it’s just beginning to turn golden.

4. Prepare the Filling:

  • While the crust is baking, prepare the cherry filling. In a saucepan, combine the cherries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, almond extract (if using), and a pinch of salt.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and the cherries release their juices. This usually takes about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

5. Assemble the Bars:

  • Spread the cherry filling evenly over the partially baked crust.

6. Bake Again:

  • Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden and the filling is set.

7. Make the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract (if using) to make a smooth glaze.

8. Glaze and Serve:

  • Once the bars are out of the oven and have cooled for a few minutes, drizzle the glaze over the top.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares.

9. Optional:

  • You can sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the glaze for added texture and flavor.

These cherry bars are a delightful treat, combining a buttery crust with a sweet and tangy cherry filling. Enjoy!

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