Cherry Pie Bars


Cherry Pie Bars on iheartnaptime.comCreated 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.

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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!

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Cherry Pie Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Pie Bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor

This recipe is so good! If you love cherry pie, you have to try these bars!



for the bars:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling (1 can)

for the glaze:

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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 9 pan by lining with foil and spraying with cooking spray, then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined.
  3. Reserve about 3/4 cup of the dough, and spread the remaining dough in the prepared pan (the plastic wrap trick I mentioned above works great for this step!). Top with the pie filling. Drop the remaining dough by small spoonfuls evenly over the top of the pie filling, leaving space between the spoonfuls.
  4. Bake 25-35 minutes, or until the dough on top does not indent when lightly pressed with your finger. Remove and let cool completely.
  5. When the bars have cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract, and 1 tablespoon milk. Add more milk or powdered sugar as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars and allow to set (I usually just pop it in the fridge for a few minutes). Slice and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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13 comments on “Cherry Pie Bars”

  1. These look delicious! I love cherries!

  2. Holy Guacamole these look good!

  3. These look sooo good! The crust is my favorite part so these would be amazing and look so much simpler than making a pie! Must try!!

  4. Just wondering if this would also be good with other pie filling such as apple, etc.? It sounds like an easy base recipe east to adapt ?

  5. My mom used to make something very similar. They look so good – can’t wait to try this recipe:)

  6. My mouth is drooling. Perfect summer recipe! :] // ☼

  7. These look fabulous. Pinned!

  8. Visiting from The Party Bunch. These bars look delicious, I love colour of them and the glaze. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  9. I just made these, but instead of cherries, I mashed up fresh red raspberries and added a little cornstarch and sugar as the filling. They are delicious! Thanks for the recipe

  10. I just made these but instead of cherries I mashed up red raspberries with a little sugar and sugar as the filling. They turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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