Cherry Pie Bars
Created by Alicia of The Baker Upstairs for I Heart Nap Time
Can you believe it’s summer already? My first grader had her last day of school last week, and we’re trying to adjust to the big change in our routine. I love so many things about summer… lazy days by the pool, relaxing our schedule, taking the kids on adventures, and spending hours and hours playing on the playground. I get pretty excited about all the summer food, too! Grilled chicken, potato salad, all the fresh fruits and vegetables… yum! These cherry pie bars make the perfect summer dessert. They’re super easy to make and they’re about as all-American as you can get! They would make the perfect treat for the 4th of July or any summer barbecue or gathering.
I’ve made these a few times now and I’ve discovered a few little tricks to make them a little easier and tastier. For starters, the dough is a little sticky, and at first I was having a hard time getting it to spread very well in the pan. What has worked great for me is scooping the dough into the baking dish, and then placing a layer of plastic wrap over the top. I then smush the dough with my hands through the wrap, and it spreads easily in the pan without sticking. Easy peasy and I get a nice even layer of dough. The second trick is to make sure the little gobs of dough that you drop on top are small and well-spaced. The first time I made them I tried to spread the dough fairly evenly across the pan, and it made the top a lot less pretty, and the bars less ooey-gooey and delicious. You want a lot of that pretty pie filling showing through! I also reduced the recipe a little to make it more manageable. My bars with the original recipe ended up being too thick and I liked them better in the smaller size.
This recipe is so good! If you love cherry pie, you have to try these bars!
adapted from Cooking Classy
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