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Cherry Bars Recipe

Cherry Bars are made with fresh, sweet cherries and a delicious buttery crust! Topped with a drizzle of vanilla glaze and crunchy slivered almonds.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Bars Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 427kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Cherry Bars Crust:

  • 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour

Fresh Cherry Filling:

  • 6 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 15x10 sheet pan with baking spray and set aside.

Crust:

  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
  • Gradually fold in the flour until combined and a dough forms.
  • Press the dough into the prepared pan. Set aside.

Fresh Cherry Filling:

  • Add the pitted cherries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest to a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Mix cornstarch with water into a small bowl until completely dissolved. Then add it to the cherry mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and has the consistency of jam.
  • Spread the cherry filling on top of the dough evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden.
  • Cool completely in the pan before glazing.

Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and almond extract and enough milk to reach the desired consistency.
  • Drizzle over top of fully cooled bars. Sprinkle slivered almond on top.
  • Let the glaze settle for 30 minutes before cutting the bars and serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg