Cherry bars made with almond cookie dough on a sheet pan.
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Cherry Bars

These cherry bars are a soft cookie crust topped with cherry pie filling, more cookie dough and a drizzle of vanilla glaze. An easy and impressive dessert that's perfect to feed a crowd!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 277kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

For the bars

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cans cherry pie filling
  • cooking spray

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10" x 15" jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Spread 2/3 of the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread the pie filling over the dough.
  • Place teaspoon sized dollops of dough all over the surface of the pie filling.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in the pan.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, extracts and milk. Add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if you prefer a thinner glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the bars. Let the glaze harden, then cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg