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Easy Cherry Pie Bars

These amazing Cherry Pie Bars are made with a buttery shortbread crust, sweet/tart cherry pie filling, topped with shortbread crumbles and a sweet almond glaze!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry pie
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 463kcal

Ingredients

Pie bars

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes
  • 2 cans (21 oz each) cherry pie filling
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Sweet almond glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp whole milk half and half or heavy cream can be substituted
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Instructions

Prepare

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Lightly spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray, then line the bottom and sides of the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, letting 2-3” overhang. Lightly spray the foil or paper with cooking spray as well.

Make crust

  • Add flour, granulated sugar and salt to food processor and pulse until combined. Add butter cubes and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of crust mixture for later.
  • **This can also be done in a mixing bowl with a pastry cutter, or two forks/knives moved in a criss-cross motion.**
  • Add remaining 2 cups of the crust mixture to prepared pan and press into an even layer.
  • Bake until lightly browned, about 25-30 minutes.

Add filling

  • Spread cherry pie filling over baked crust. Combine reserved 1 cup crust mixture with the chopped pecans and sprinkle over the top of the cherry pie filling.

Bake

  • Bake 40-45 minutes.

Cool and glaze

  • Leaving the bars in the pan, cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Lifting the foil or parchment paper overhang, lift the bars out of the pan.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract. Whisk until completely smooth, then drizzle over bars.
  • Slice into 12 squares and serve.

Notes

  1. I usually slice these into 12 bars/squares, but feel free to cut them into however many pieces you'd like.

Nutrition

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg