Since these cherry pie bars are made with frozen cherries, you can make them year-round! This cherry bar recipe makes a big batch, so if you like, pack extras in a container between layers of waxed paper and freeze for up to 3 months.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan; set aside.

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  • For crust, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, almonds, and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Remove 1-1/2 cups of the mixture; set aside. Press the remaining mixture evenly onto the bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, for filling, in another large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon peel. Add cherries and almond extract; toss gently to combine. Spoon cherry filling over hot baked crust, spreading evenly (mixture will be wet). Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

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  • Bake about 40 minutes more or until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift the baked mixture out of the pan. Invert onto a baking sheet; remove foil. Invert again onto a cutting board. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

Tips

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Reviews (4)

22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2018
Very good. I used parchment foil combo to make sure it would release. My pan had straight sides so cooked crust 5 min extra to make sure it set, and filling 10-15 min extra to get to bubbly in the middle and golden brown. I am at sea level, and have not tested my oven temp. The recipe did not call for salt. I used salted butter. My guests raved over this dish with vanilla ice cream. I would add 1/4 tsp salt to the dry ingredients next time.
Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2018
OH LORD, I MEANT TO GIVE IT 5 STARS.....THIS IS A GREAT RECIPE!!!! ALMOST LIKE MY GRANY!!! SHE USED WALNUTS IN HER CRUMBLE!!!!
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2015
great!
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09/08/2016
Tasted delicious.  But the foil stuck to the bottom of the pan so wouldn't come out until I had to scrape most of it out, so that was a mess.  Just had to cut the bars in the pan.