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 Cherry Pie Bars have all the flavor of a Homemade Cherry Pie in an easier to make bar form. They are simple to make, very tasty and quickly slice up so you can serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while they’re still hot! Prefer another fruit flavor? No Problem! You can use any flavor pie filling!

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

My family loves eating Cherry Desserts, and these Cherry Pie Bars taste just like Homemade Cherry Pie, only they’re easier to make in bar form! These Cherry Pie Bars are deliciously full of cherry flavor, soft, and perfectly topped with an amazing simple Homemade Cream Cheese glaze!

You can make Cherry Pie Bars with Cream Cheese Glaze with canned Cherry Pie Filling, Frozen Cherries (that have been thawed), or fresh cherries. However, if you use Fresh Cherries make sure you REMOVE THE PIT first! I love to buy fresh cherries at the farmer’s market, so a cherry pitter is a must have kitchen tool!

How to make Cherry Pie Bars:

Cherry Pie Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8×8 baking pan by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt.

Set aside.

Cherry Pie Bars

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Cherry Pie Bars

Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to combine. (You can also add almond extract in the same amount as vanilla extract for extra flavor, if you’d like).

Cherry Pie Bars

Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Cherry Pie Bars

Spread two-thirds of the batter over the bottom of the prepared pan.

Use your fingers to press the dough into the pan, making sure the dough is spread evenly.

Cherry Pie Bars

Top the crust with the cherry pie filling.

Cherry Pie Bars

Spoon the remaining crust dough over the top of the pie filling.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

Cherry Pie Bars

While the bars are cooling, make the cream cheese glaze by beating together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and two tablespoons of milk until smooth.

Add more milk if needed.

Cherry Pie Bars

When the bars are cooled completely, drizzle the glaze over the top and cut into nine even bars.

Cherry Pie Bars

Tips & Tricks for making Cherry Pie Bars:

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Grease the pan first to prevent sticking and/or use parchment paper.
  • Use room temperature butter, cream cheese, and eggs.
  • Be sure you carefully measure all the ingredients precisely.

Can I use any flavor pie filling to make Pie Bars?

Yes! While our favorite is Cherry, tip: You can try this recipe for Homemade Cherry Pie Filling, or use your favorite brand of pie filling. Feel free to try any other flavor you like!
 
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Blackberry Pie Filling
  • Blueberry Pie Filling
  • Elderberry Pie Filling
  • Lemon Pie Filling
  • Mixed Berries
  • Peach Pie Filling
  • Pumpkin Pie Filling (Feel free to add cinnamon & nutmeg!)
  • Raspberry Pie Filling
 

What size pan should I use to make Cherry Pie Bars?

I prefer to use a 9×9 baking pan (line with parchment paper for easier cleanup). If your pan is dark or coated with nonstick treatment, be sure to reduce baking temperature by 25 degrees. Check for doneness around the 30 minute mark, my oven requires a full 35 minute bake to be baked completely through. Oven temperatures can vary for many reasons.
 

Cherry Pie Bars

Yield: 9

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars have all the flavor of a Homemade Cherry Pie in an easier to make bar form. They are simple to make, very tasty and quickly slice up so you can serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while they're still hot! Prefer another fruit flavor? No Problem! You can use any flavor pie filling!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling
  • Ingredients for the glaze:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8x8 baking pan by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt.
    3. Set aside
    4. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    5. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
    6. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
    7. Spread two-thirds of the batter over the bottom of the prepared pan.
    8. Use your fingers to press the dough into the pan, making sure the dough is spread evenly.
    9. Top the crust with the cherry pie filling.
    10. Spoon the remaining crust dough over the top of the pie filling.
    11. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
    12. While the bars are cooling, make the cream cheese glaze by beating together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and two tablespoons of milk until smooth. Add more milk if needed.
    13. When the bars are cooled completely, drizzle the glaze over the top and cut into nine even bars.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    9

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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    How do you store leftover Cherry Pie Bars?

    Allow Cherry Pie Bars to cool. Cut into slices and store in an airtight container lined with paper towels to absorb excess moisture, for up to 3 days.

    Cherry Pie Bars can also be stored in an airtight freezer bag un the freezer for up to one month. Be sure to CLEARLY LABEL the freezer bag with contents and date before placing in the freezer.

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    Donna

    Monday 2nd of August 2021

    These bars look amazing! I'm a big fan of cherry flavored treats!

    Nena Sinclair

    Saturday 10th of July 2021

    I made these a few days ago and they're so yummy!

    Rebecca Orr

    Tuesday 29th of June 2021

    These look really good! My boyfriend loves anything cherry. I will definitely be making him these!

    Nena Sinclair

    Monday 28th of June 2021

    I love anything with cherries!

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