Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Pie Bars

August 13, 2018Teresa

I hit a Grand Slam with this amazing Cherry Pie Bars recipe. These luscious, drool-worthy bars are filled with plump delicious cherries and almond extract for maximum flavor. Plus, the sour cream in the crust and topping layers ensures these bars are moist. All I can say, is I couldn’t stop eating them. Oh, my. Heavenly doesn’t do justice to these amazing bar-type cookies.

Back in June, I received a 20 pound box of fresh cherries from the Northwest Cherry Growers in Washington State. Twenty pounds is a LOT of cherries. 🙂 While no money exchanged hands, they did give me the cherries free of charge. I began scouring recipes to see what I could make with all those cherries. I came up with some doozies.

I made ten different desserts with the cherries. Those desserts included Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake, Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake, (a favorite with all my neighbors), Southern Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies, Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies, Cherry White Chocolate Chip Blondies, Cherry Cobbler Cookies, Cherry Cobbler Bars and Cherry Crumb Bars. Cherry Pie Bars was right at the top for taste and texture. I based the recipe off my Peach Pie Bars recipe with a few changes along the way. Yes, yes, yes!

For those of you looking for delicious ways to use fresh cherries, you’ve gotta give these lovely Cherry Pie Bars a try. They are sure to cure any sweet tooth craving you have. If you’re a cherry lover like me, you’ll be in seventh heaven.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Pie Bars are an ultra delicious dessert in the summer when fresh cherries are in season.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

We loved the taste and texture of these delicious bar-type cookies.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Pie Bars are like eating Cherry Pie but so much easier!

Here’s what I did.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the crust & topping layers.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Combine UNBLEACHED all purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods), sugar and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Measure out 1 1/2 cups for topping and set aside.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9×13″ glass baking dish. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, make cherry filling.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the cherry layer.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Whisk eggs until thoroughly mixed.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Add flour, sugar, sour cream, salt and almond extract.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Stir well to combine.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Add cherries. (The cherries need to be patted dry to remove excess moisture).

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Stir very gently to combine.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Once crust layer has cooked, remove from oven. Pour cherry filling over top of crust layer.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top of cherry layer.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes or until set.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cool completely about one hour before cutting into bars.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Pie Bars make a terrific summer dessert.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Every bite is absolutely mouthwatering.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY PIE BARS

(My own concoction)

Print Recipe
Cherry Pie Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Cherry Pie Bars taste like eating Cherry Pie but in brownie form--and they're so much easier to make! This luscious dessert is filled with plump, fresh cherries and almond flavoring. It's a terrific treat for summer when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CRUST:
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CRUST:
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
CRUST:
  1. Stir sugar, salt and flour together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Measure out 1 ½ cups of ingredients for topping and set aside.
  4. Press remaining ingredients into the bottom of a greased 9x13” glass baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
  1. Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in sugar, sour cream, salt, almond extract and flour to combine.
  3. Gently fold in cherries until combined.
  4. Pour cherry mixture over hot crust.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining 1 ½ cups crumb mixture.
  6. Bake an additional 55-65 minutes or until set.
  7. Cool at least one hour before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: After washing, pitting and halving the cherries, pat dry really well with a paper towel before using in recipe.

NOTE: Stir the cherries very gently into the filling mixture to avoid discoloration of the filling.

Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love this dessert.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Pie Bars make a wonderful treat for office or tailgating parties.

Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

It’s time to dig in.

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Cherry Cobbler Bars

Cherry Cobbler Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #cherry #dessert is filled with fresh #cherries & #almond extract in the filling and crust. It's ooey, gooey & so delicious for a summer dessert when cherries are in season. #cookies #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies

Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Best #cherry #dessert ever! These fabulous #cookies have a #cheesecake filling, topped with fresh #cherries & powdered sugar. They are absolutely heavenly. #almonds #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Blondies

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #brownies will have you drooling after the first bite. They're filled with white #chocolate chips & fresh #cherries & they're absolutely awesome! #cookie #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Print Recipe
Cherry Pie Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Cherry Pie Bars taste like eating Cherry Pie but in brownie form--and they're so much easier to make! This luscious dessert is filled with plump, fresh cherries and almond flavoring. It's a terrific treat for summer when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CRUST:
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CRUST:
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
Cherry Pie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These spectacular #cookie-type bars have the taste of #cherrypie without all the work! They're fantastic for summer potlucks when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
CRUST:
  1. Stir sugar, salt and flour together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Measure out 1 ½ cups of ingredients for topping and set aside.
  4. Press remaining ingredients into the bottom of a greased 9x13” glass baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
CHERRY PIE FILLING:
  1. Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in sugar, sour cream, salt, almond extract and flour to combine.
  3. Gently fold in cherries until combined.
  4. Pour cherry mixture over hot crust.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining 1 ½ cups crumb mixture.
  6. Bake an additional 55-65 minutes or until set.
  7. Cool at least one hour before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: After washing, pitting and halving the cherries, pat dry really well with a paper towel before using in recipe.

NOTE: Stir the cherries very gently into the filling mixture to avoid discoloration of the filling.

Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

16 Comments

  • Kristi G

    June 23, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Can I use an almond flour instead of I bleached flour to make it gluten free?

    1. Teresa

      June 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Hi, Kristi. I think almond flour alone will make it too heavy. I would use a gluten free blended flour like Cup4Cup, Better Batter or some of the other GF flours by Pillsbury, King Arthur’s Flour.

  • Patti

    June 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Hi!
    Where do I store these: covered on the counter or covered in the refrigerator?

    Thank you!

    1. Teresa

      June 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Hi, Patti. I store them on the counter for up to two days. After that, I put them in the refrigerator….assuming that they last that long. But if you prefer you can keep them refrigerated the whole time.

  • Lynda Slocum

    April 30, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I have a recipe that uses a cake mix. I like the homemade one of yours. Thanks for hint about canned cherries.
    Lynda

    1. Teresa

      April 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      You’re welcome, Lynda. Hope you give them a try.

  • Donna

    April 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Can I use cherry pie filling?

    1. Teresa

      April 10, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Hi, Donna. I would not use cherry pie filling. However, you can purchase canned tart, pitted cherries in the fruit section of any grocery. Rinse, drain and dry them really well before using. They will not be as sturdy in the recipe as fresh cherries, but the recipe should still turn out really well.

  • Kim

    September 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Have you tried adding chocolate chips or drizzling chocolate over?

    1. Teresa

      September 6, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Hi, Kim. I have not, but I’m sure it would be delicious. My personal preference would be white chocolate. 🙂

  • Becky

    August 23, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Do you think you could use Fresh Blueberries?

    1. Teresa

      August 23, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Yes, Becky, I bet those would work out terrific! Enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    August 14, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    This looks soooo yummy! I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Teresa

      August 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      You’re welcome. They really are yummy. Hope you enjoy them.

  • J

    August 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I will never get sick of bing cherries or cherry recipes! Watermelon and cherries are my fav fruits in the summer to eat! Have a great week!

    1. Teresa

      August 14, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Me neither! Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your week.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.