Cherry Pie Bars

Family friendly easy to make Cherry Pies bars with a simple crumb topping that doubles as a crust.  These delectable bars are the perfect balance of tart and sweet.  Make your family a batch today and they will be singing your praises.

Cherry Pie Bars

These scrumptious Cherry Pie Bars brings out the best that cherries have to offer.   The crumble topping is so amazing and complements the cherries with the perfect combination of tart and sweet. It is hard to keep from picking up the little bit of crumbs that end up on your plate and sweeping them in your mouth. They are so amazingly delicious.

I am a huge cherry fan.  I hope you are too. There is just something amazing about these little tasty slightly tart blessings we call cherries.  Tart in a good way. Now I bought these cherries in a can because my cherry tree was was under siege from squirrels and birds.  Every time I would come up my driveway you would swear we have flying squirrels as they would jump straight out of the top of the tree and run like mad.  I bet they were screaming to each other “KILLERS” and their hearts were probably pounding so fast.

Anyway back to the can of cherries.  When I resort to canned cherry pie filling I usually purchase the premium ones because they are at least packed with sugar and not high fructose corn syrup.  Target also sells their Market Pantry brand that tastes very good and does not contain high fructose corn syrup. These Lip Smacking Good Cherry Pie Crumble Bars can be prepped in about 15 minutes.  They are best served warm or at room temperature.  They can be stored for several days in the fridge and gently warmed up in the microwave at a reduced power.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHERRY PIE BARS
  • If at all possible use premium cherry pie filling or better yet fresh if you have the fruit and the time.
  • Butter is absolutely essential for making the crust and crumble taste perfectly delicious.
  • Use pure vanilla and almond extract. It is well worth the added expense.
  • Old fashioned rolled oats add a touch of chewiness and texture to the topping. Try to avoid quick oats as they are partially cooked, dried, and then rolled and pressed thinner.
  • You can easily substitute apple, blackberry, blueberry, peach or apricot pie filling.  As my late mother used to say to each his own.
  • Bake the bars until the edges are bubbling with fruit and the top is very light browned.  If desired turn the broiler on low for the last minute of cooking to get a crispier topping.  I always recommend that you stay very close by while using the broiler as they are unpredictable especially on older stoves.

Weekend is coming.  It is the perfect time to make your loved ones a special treat.  These Lip Smacking Good Cherry Pie Crumble Bars will leave you and yours with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 (21 ounce) can premium cherry pie filling

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Spray 9 X 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl whisk sugar, baking powder and flour. Cut in butter with pastry knife until mixture is crumbly.
  3. In small bowl whisk together egg, vanilla and almond extract. Slowly stir egg mixture into flour/butter mixture.
  4. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to separate bowl. Stir in oats and set aside.
  5. Press crumb mixture (without oats) gently into bottom of baking dish. Top with cherries, then with crumb mixture with oats. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly on the edges.

Source: smalltownwoman

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