Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

My grandma used to make the best cherry pie. Nothing could ever come close to her pie. Tender, buttery, and perfectly sweet.

However, I’m not a pie-maker and prefer the ease of pie bars. The cherry pie bars are perfect for all of us non-pie-makers.

Glazed Cherry Pie Bars - Just like your favorite cherry pie but way easier!! A no-roll crust with juicy cherries and topped with a sweet glaze! Perfect for parties, events, and holidays!!

There’s a buttery, soft, tender crust topped with cherry pie filling before being baked and glazed.

There’s almond extract in both the bars and the glaze which adds the most heavenly flavor. The cherry and almond extract combination is absolutely perfect and reminds me of Sweet Soft Cherry Bread with Cherry-Almond Glaze.

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Glazed Cherry Pie Bars - Just like your favorite cherry pie but way easier!! A no-roll crust with juicy cherries and topped with a sweet glaze! Perfect for parties, events, and holidays!!

I baked the bars using a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan and appreciate that they don’t turn out overly thick. However, you could probably use a 9×13-inch pan noting the bars will be thicker and the baking time will be longer.

It’s a great recipe for parties, events, and holiday celebrations because the recipe makes a large amount. They’d be great for a Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or Fourth of July party with the red and white colors popping through.

Glazed Cherry Pie Bars - Just like your favorite cherry pie but way easier!! A no-roll crust with juicy cherries and topped with a sweet glaze! Perfect for parties, events, and holidays!!

Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

The cherry bars are like cherry pie but easier. There’s a buttery, soft, tender crust topped with cherry pie filling before being baked and glazed. There’s almond extract in both the bars and the glaze which adds the most heavenly flavor. The cherry and almond extract combination is absolutely perfect. I baked the bars using a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan and appreciate that they don’t turn out overly thick. However, you could probably use a 9×13-inch pan noting the bars will be thicker and the baking time will be longer. It’s a great recipe for parties and events because the recipe makes a large amount.

Ingredients:

Bars

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 teaspoon if you love almond extract)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • two 21-ounce cans cherry pie filling

Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted if yours is particularly lumpy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, as necessary for consistency

Directions:

  1. Bars – Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray; set aside. Optionally, line the pan with a sheet of foil and spray with cooking spray. The advantage is you can lift the bars out by the foil and cut them more neatly on a cutting board.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and handheld electric mixer), add the butter, sugar, salt, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the extracts and beat on medium-high speed to incorporate, about 30 seconds.
  5. Gradually add the flour and beat on medium-low speed to incorporate, about 1 minute.
  6. Turn about 75% of the dough out into a prepared pan and spread with a spatula to create a smooth, even, flat layer. It’s sticky, tacky, and requires some patience, but just keep spreading and finessing it into the corners.
  7. Add the pie filling and spread to evenly distribute leaving a 1/4-inch bare margin from edges of pan. It spreads while baking and trying to prevent filling from sticking to sides of pan is advised so it doesn’t burn.
  8. Drop remaining dough by 2-teaspoonfuls over pie filling. It’s very sticky and I find it easiest to use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop  filled about halfway. The dough will spread together somewhat as the bars bake.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes, or until dough on top and around the edges is very lightly golden brown. Allow bars to cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Glaze – To a medium bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, extracts, and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Evenly drizzle glaze over the bars and serve immediately. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days, noting crust will soften as time passes. I like the bars at room temp but my family enjoys them chilled. They will keep in the fridge airtight for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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23 comments on “Glazed Cherry Pie Bars”

  1. Why have pie when you can have pie BARS? That way, more than one doesn’t seem unreasonable at all. In fact, it’s a must! And these look divine.

  2. You mean I have to share these???  LOVE cherry.  Mmm.

  3. These look wonderful–so bright and cheery! I love the dollops of cookie crust all over the top and almond extract sounds like the perfect touch. I think these look better than pie!

  4. Oh my gosh these are PERFECT. And the pictures. OMG!! Gorgeous.

    • The hardest pictures to take because the jelly roll pan was HUGE and I was standing on my tiptoes on top of a tall chair trying to get it all in the frame and praying I didn’t faceplant into the bars :)

  5. You’re killing it with the cherry recipes. 

    And, per your reply on the other post – I would just end up eating the bourbon soaked cherries without making the cookies.  NO SHAME either.  

  6. These look so perfect! I’m definitely not a pie maker, either, so I love this super easy alternative! Thanks for sharing, Averie! :D I bet any fruit would be perfect in these!

  7. You have the best cherry recipes!! These bars are gorgeous, and I have been craving cherries lately!

  8. oh yummy!!

  9. These look delicious. I too say they would be delicious with other fruit. I am a peach and strawberry person. HA!!

  10. Wow, the pictures are gorgeous! These look sooo good, I’m sure they taste even better! Must try them out :)

  11. This pie looks so delicious! I’m going to try making it although I’m not good at baking.

  12. Cherry pie is always my favorite dishes. Your recipe seems so delicious. I will try this next weekend :)

  13. Growing up, my grandma made almost this exact same recipe but instead of two cans of cherry pie filling she’d use on can of pie filling and one can of tart cherries. This cuts the sweetness and makes it seem a little more classic-homemade! 

  14. This sounds so good. i lkove cherrys, thanks for sharing this recipe. Simon

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