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Cherry pie bars on pink plate.

Easy Cherry Pie Bars for a Crowd


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 60 bars

Description

You're going to love these Easy Cherry Pie Bars for a Crowd with a nice big batch batch that serves up to 60 people!They come together quickly and this recipe is so easy to make!


Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened at room temperature

2 cups granulated 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 (540ml each) cherry pie filling

GLAZE:

1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 tablespoons milk


Instructions

  1. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer, cream together softened butter, granulated sugar and salt for 5 to 7 minutes until light and fluffy. The mixture should be light and lemon-colored.
  3. Next, add in the eggs, one a time beating well after each addition. 

  4. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

  5. Gradually add in flour, one cup at a time, stirring just until combined.
  6. Remove 3 cups of the dough and spread evenly into prepared baking pan. (My pan was a bit larger and I didn't go all the way to the edges)

  7. Top with both cans of cherry pie filling, leaving about 1 and 1/2-inches around the edges. 

  8. Drop the remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over the cherry pie filling. A small cookie scoop works great! 

  9. Bake in 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire cooling rack.

  10. For Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over top of cooled bars.

Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home recipe.

Storage instructions:  Refrigerate cooled bars in an airtight container for up to one week.

Freezing Instructions: Transfer cooled, cut bars to a freezer safe container for up to three months. If needed, layer between sheets of parchment paper. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cherry Pie Bars for a Crowd