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Cherry Crumb Bars

August 20, 2018Teresa

Oh my gosh, Cherry Crumb Bars are awesome. These lovely fruit-filled bar-type cookies are the ultimate in cherry desserts. These bars start with a crumb crust and topping. They’re filled with fresh cherries and almond and vanilla flavorings for maximum flavor. Then the topping is sprinkled with sugar before baking. Yum, yum, and triple yum.

It’s hard to go wrong with cherry desserts. When I was asked to be a #Canbassador for Northwest Cherry Growers back in June, I was delighted. While no money exchanged hands, I was given twenty pounds of delicious plump cherries to use as I desired. I made ten different mouthwatering and delicious recipes with the cherries. Many of the recipes came from peach dessert recipes I made three to four years ago when we had a stand of peach trees in our back yard. The conversion to cherry desserts instead of peaches was really easy. In most cases, I opted for almond flavoring instead of cinnamon or nutmeg. Everything turned out incredibly scrumptious.

Cherry Crumb Bars is the last of the ten cherry recipes to post. If you’re looking for some great cherry recipes, check these out. Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake – perfect for a summer breakfast. Cherry Cream Cheese Pound Cake – a mouthwatering dessert that’s moist and so delicious. These cakes were a big hit with my neighbors. Southern Cherry Cobbler – this was a treat for our Friday night care group. Cherry Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies – I loved these cookies and they really just seem to dissolve in your mouth. Cherry Almond Ooey Gooey Blondies – these got sent out to John’s office where they were greatly enjoyed.

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Blondies – also got sent out to John’s office where they drooled over these jewels. Cherry Cobbler Cookies – taste just like eating Cherry Cobbler but in cookie form! Cherry Cobbler Bars – got sent with John for a visit he made. These were amazing. Cherry Pie Bars – were so scrumptious. These got sent to a friend when John visited him in the hospital after knee replacement surgery. Finally, these Cherry Crumb Bars got taken down the street to some new neighbors who just moved in. They were delighted to have such scrumptious treats after a hard day of moving into a new house.

Yes, cherries are wonderful in a dessert. You need to try one of these terrific desserts this summer. I recommend you make one of them before cherries become scarce in the grocery stores. And by all means, give these luscious, drool-worthy Cherry Crumb Bars a go. You’ll be so glad you did.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Bars are sensational.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Seriously, you’ll be drooling over these amazing bars after the first bite.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

This delicious dessert is terrific for tailgating parties, potlucks or summer holiday fun.

Here’s what I did.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the cherry layer.

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Halve and pit cherries. Add lemon juice.

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Place UNBLEACHED flour in a bowl. Add sugar, cornstarch, salt, almond and vanilla extracts. Stir well to combine.

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Add flour mixture to cherries in bowl.

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Stir to combine. Set aside.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the streusel/topping layers.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir well to combine. Cut in blender with a pastry blender.

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Coarse crumbs will form after working the cold butter into the flour mixture.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Stir vanilla, almond extract and egg together in a bowl.

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Pour egg mixture into flour mixture.

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Stir with a wooden spoon and combine as well as you can.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Press half of the flour mixture into a greased 9×13″ glass baking dish.

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Cover with cherry layer.

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Sprinkle remaining streusel over top of the cherry layer. Pat gently so crumbs adhere to cherry layer.

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Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

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Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes until mixture bubbles up around the edges of dish and crust is lightly browned.

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Cherry Crumb Bars are so delectable.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

If you enjoy cherries, this dessert is for you!

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

The gooeyness from the cherries is delightful. The wonderful flavorings from the almond and vanilla extracts make this a terrific dessert.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY CRUMB BARS

(My own concoction)

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These adorable Cherry Crumb Bars are absolutely mouthwatering. They're filled with fresh cherries and both vanilla and almond extracts. They pack a powerful punch in flavor and texture. These are terrific for tailgating, potluck and summer parties when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
CHERRY FILLING:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. To make cherry filling: Pit and halve the fresh cherries.
  4. Place the cherries in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
  5. Toss gently to combine.
  6. In a separate bowl, stir flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt and both extracts and combine.
  7. Pour dry ingredient mixture over the cherries and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  8. Set aside.
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. To make the Crust and Streusel Topping: In a large bowl whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until butter is mixed in and coarse crumbs have formed.
  3. Stir the vanilla, almond extract and beaten egg together.
  4. Add into the flour and butter mixture and combine.
  5. Mixture will be crumbly.
  6. Pat half of the crust ingredients into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Spread the cherry mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  8. Crumble the remaining crust ingredients over the cherry layer as a streusel topping.
  9. Pat gently with hands so crumbs adhere to cherries.
  10. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup sugar over top of streusel topping.
  11. Bake at 375° for 45-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and cherry juice starts to bubble up around the edges.
  12. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes
Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Bars make delicious treats for summer potlucks, reunions or grilling out with friends.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

We loved this amazing dessert.

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

These bar-type cookies are ooey, gooey and delicious!

Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Better make Cherry Crumb Bars soon–before cherries go out of season.

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Cherry Pie 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 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
Print Recipe
Cherry Crumb Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These adorable Cherry Crumb Bars are absolutely mouthwatering. They're filled with fresh cherries and both vanilla and almond extracts. They pack a powerful punch in flavor and texture. These are terrific for tailgating, potluck and summer parties when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
Cherry Crumb Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These mouthwatering bar-type #cookies are so spectacular. I guarantee you'll be drooling after the first bite! Terrific for summer #potlucks or #holidays when fresh #cherries are in season. #dessert #cherrydessert #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
CHERRY FILLING:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. To make cherry filling: Pit and halve the fresh cherries.
  4. Place the cherries in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
  5. Toss gently to combine.
  6. In a separate bowl, stir flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt and both extracts and combine.
  7. Pour dry ingredient mixture over the cherries and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  8. Set aside.
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. To make the Crust and Streusel Topping: In a large bowl whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until butter is mixed in and coarse crumbs have formed.
  3. Stir the vanilla, almond extract and beaten egg together.
  4. Add into the flour and butter mixture and combine.
  5. Mixture will be crumbly.
  6. Pat half of the crust ingredients into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Spread the cherry mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  8. Crumble the remaining crust ingredients over the cherry layer as a streusel topping.
  9. Pat gently with hands so crumbs adhere to cherries.
  10. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup sugar over top of streusel topping.
  11. Bake at 375° for 45-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and cherry juice starts to bubble up around the edges.
  12. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes
Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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  • Dusty Knaebe

    November 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    These look like dark sweet cherries; are they sweet or the tart cherries usually used for baking?

    1. Teresa

      November 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Hi, Dusty. These were fresh dark sweet cherries used during peak season. I’m sure you can substitute canned or frozen cherries. However, I would make sure frozen cherries are thawed and dried thoroughly and canned cherries are also rinsed and patted dry before using in the recipe.

  • Mary

    November 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    This looks so delicious. Could I use frozen cherries?

    1. Teresa

      November 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Hey Mary. Yes you can, but I would defrost them and make sure you wipe them as dry as possible with paper towels before using. Otherwise, they will add too much liquid to the recipe.

  • Julia

    November 2, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Can I use shortening instead of butter? Thank you!

    1. Teresa

      November 3, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Yes, you can Julia, but it will have a slightly different taste – probably more like pie crust. But it will probably not effect the deliciousness of the recipe. 🙂

  • Kathy

    August 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Why won’t this let you print

    1. Teresa

      August 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Hey, Kathy. Are you clicking on the blue printer icon in the actual recipe card? If you click on “print recipe” underneath the icon, it should print. I’m not having any problems with it.

  • Chante’

    August 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Can you use canned cherries for the cherry crumb bars ?

    1. Teresa

      August 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Hi, Chante. You can use canned cherries, but it will probably take about 3 16-oz. cans to get the right volume. Also, most canned cherries are halved, not diced. I would rinse and drain the cherries, then pat them down really well with paper towels before using. P.S. This will save a lot of time not pitting cherries. It also makes this dessert available during other months of the year. Hope it works out well for you.

  • Shereegarcia

    August 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

    How much corn starch do I use? Thank you.

    1. Teresa

      August 25, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Hi Sheree, so sorry I omitted the cornstarch ingredient. It is one teaspoon. I’ve corrected the recipe. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  • Cindy Darling

    August 25, 2018 at 7:55 am

    On the Cherry Crumb Bars it pictures cornstarch but doesn’t list it in ingredients, just wondering how much to add. .

    1. Teresa

      August 25, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Hi Cindy. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve corrected the recipe. It should be one teaspoon cornstarch. Have a great weekend.

  • Julia

    August 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    These look scrumptious! Love cherry and almond together 😀

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