Infused with the subtle taste of almonds, topped with a divine glaze, and loaded with luscious sweet cherries, these Cherry Bars are a delightful treat for any gathering! For those who adore the taste of Cherry Pie, these effortless cherry bars are a must-try. They share a resemblance with our Peach Crumb Bars, yet stand out with their vibrant red hue and tangy cherry flavor. Be sure to include them in your collection of simple dessert recipes!
Cherry Pie Bars – A Summer Delight! For those who adore cherry pie, these cherry pie bars are a delightful alternative, created much more quickly. Featuring an easy-to-make oat crust and a luscious filling of fresh, jam-like cherries, these bars are a summer essential. Attention, pie enthusiasts! I’m all for a scrumptious homemade pie, yet often find them too labor-intensive. That’s where cherry pie bars come in – offering all the yumminess of traditional cherry pie with significantly less effort.
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For fans of pie bars, these cherry pie bars are a must-try, much like the peach and apple pie bars I’ve previously shared. They feature a straightforward oat crust with a delightful homemade cherry filling. Add an extra layer of crumbled crust on top and bake until it turns a luscious golden brown. They’re delicious on their own, but for an extra special summer treat, consider adding a scoop of ice cream on top.
Reasons to Adore These Delicious Bars
The allure of these bars begins with their scrumptious homemade crumble crust, coupled with the freshness of ripe cherries – a combination that’s simply irresistible. Their appeal doesn’t end there, though.
As someone who enjoys baking, I appreciate how these bars simplify the process, eliminating the need for the time-consuming task of rolling out pie dough. Whether using a food processor or a large mixing bowl, the dough preparation is a breeze. You just need to press two-thirds of the dough into your pan, layer it with homemade cherry jam, and finish with the remaining dough. And voilà, you’re done.
These bars are perfect for various occasions – be it a summer BBQ, a casual get-together with friends, or as a delightful weeknight treat. They’re fantastic on their own, or you can elevate them by serving warm with a generous scoop of ice cream.
Attention Cherry Aficionados!
Ever experienced tasting a friend’s homemade dessert and finding yourself exclaiming, “I MUST have that recipe!”? That’s exactly what transpired after I sampled my friend Marie’s cherry bars.
These cherry delights were scrumptious, but what really captivated me were two things:
1) The inclusion of almond extract, which is my absolute favorite ingredient.
2) Their sheer beauty. Who isn’t drawn to an attractive treat?
Not only are these bars delicious, but they’re also ideal for serving large gatherings, making them perfect for parties and social events. So, for those who adore cherries and are considering Cherry Pie for a large group, give this recipe a try instead!
After trying them, you might want to explore other flavors. Is it possible to use a different type of pie filling? Absolutely, this recipe is versatile and can be adapted for various bar flavors. For instance, on my website, there are recipes for peach and apple bars.
You can easily replace the cherries with strawberries. Blueberries and raspberries are also great alternatives. While I haven’t experimented with canned cherry pie filling, as it can be overly sweet, it’s still a viable option for these bars.
If you prefer your pie bars on the sweeter side, consider adding a glaze after they cool or serve them with ice cream. Vanilla ice cream pairs exceptionally well with these cherry pie bars!
Storing Cherry Pie Bars
To store, these cherry pie bars will remain fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I recommend letting them come to room temperature before enjoying them.
These bars are also freezer-friendly. For freezing, place them in a sealed container and freeze for up to 2-3 months. Remember to thaw them before serving.
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup cherry jam (preferably Double Fruit variety)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 13x9 inch (33x23 cm) baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and packed brown sugar using an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture on a low speed until well incorporated. If necessary, use a wooden spoon to stir in any remaining dry ingredients along with the rolled oats.
- Set aside 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the oat mixture. Press the rest evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the cherry jam over this base layer. Then, sprinkle the reserved oat mixture on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, cut into bars and serve.