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Cherry Pie Bars Recipe

Cherry Pie Bars with homemade Pie Filling

Easier than pie but just as yummy!
The flavors of these cherry pie bars are summer bliss. You get a soft, flake crust flavored with Almond and stuffed with Cherry Pie Filling , then it’s topped with a rich and creamy vanilla almond flavored glaze.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened (I used coconut oil)
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
4 cups cherry pie filling (Homemade Cherry Pie Filling)

Glaze

2 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp milk (almond milk works also)


Oven Temp: 350°
Recipe Cooking Time:
Pan Type: 13 x 9 baking pan


Cherry Pie Bars Directions

Preheat your oven. Spray pan with nonstick pan spray.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in vanilla and almond extracts. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Reserve and set aside 1 1/2 cups batter then spread remaining cookie dough evenly into prepared baking dish. Top with cherry pie filling spreading into an even layer. Drop small spoonfuls of the reserved cookie dough evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven about 30 - 37 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the glaze:

In a small mixing bowl whisk together all glaze ingredients adding enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pour into a resealable bag, seal bag and cut a small tip from one corner then drizzle over top of cooled bars. Allow glaze to set (to set it quicker chill in freezer) then cut into squares.

 

Recipe Makes: about 24 bars

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size Serving Size 93 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 84
Total Fat 9.3g 14%
Saturated Fat 5.6g 28%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 93mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 42.4g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 19.7g
Protein 2.9g
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 3% Iron 5%


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