Last summer, I tested out a big batch of Glazed Apple Pie Bars during a visit to our friends’ cottage. They were a huge hit with everyone and I knew I wanted to make something similar to take up for Canada Day this year. After I researched a couple of ideas, I sent a message to a few friends with the top two ideas and they all unanimously picked these Cherry Pie Bars.
When I arrived at the cottage on Friday night, we were all ready to dig into a fresh pan of these bad boys. They have a soft cookie-like base, sweet cherry pie filling and a great glaze to top it off. It didn’t take much time for our whole gang to polish off a large pan of these. They are a great treat to make for a big crowd.
You could make your own cherry pie filling for these bars, but I just used my favourite canned version. This shortcut makes these an easy dessert to put together quickly, using mostly pantry staples.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 4 Eggs
- 1-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 cans (21 ounces) Cherry Pie Filling
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 tbsp Milk
This was the first time that I was able to use these adorable measuring cups that my friend Amy gave me for my birthday. Aren’t they so cute? Having fun tools makes baking even better.
If you ever wonder what I’m doing while baking and cooking (besides taking photos), I’m usually watching a TV show on my laptop propped up nearby. Always multitasking – especially when there is a new episode of True Blood ready to go.
Allow bars to cool completely. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over the bars.
These bars are best served on the day you make them, as the dough starts to absorb the glaze after that, but they still tasted great the next day.