These vanilla glazed Cherry Pie Bars are an easy treat you can make with canned cherry pie filling or with a batch of homemade pie filling.
This is an easy summer dessert recipe perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.
These Vanilla Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, they come together quickly, with a simple batter and they are extra simple if you just use canned cherry pie filling.
Although if you have fresh cherries sitting around to use, these bars would be phenomenal with fresh cherry pie filling.
Once the bars have cooled, whip up the glaze and drizzle it on and they are ready to serve. Anyone else get great satisfaction from drizzling on glaze?
In my opinion, these bars are like muffins and get softer and more moist the second day after being tightly covered, so I like to try and make them ahead.
They’re definitely a go to dessert around here in the summer because they’re easy and look super pretty and summery as well.
Vanilla Glazed Cherry Pie Bars
For the Bars
- 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 eggs room temperature
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 20 ounce can cherry pie filling (or 2 cups homemade)
For the vanilla glaze
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined.
- Grease a 10 x 15 inch baking pan. Reserve 1 1/2 cup of batter, spread the rest on the bottom of the greased baking pan. Spread with cherry pie filling. I like to use a bit more than 20 ounces if I have it. Using a teaspoon, dollop on the reserved batter in drops. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not over bake.
- Let cool. To make the glaze, beat the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and enough milk to form a smooth consistency. Drizzle on cooled bars. Cut and serve. These are better the second day as the batter absorbs some of the moisture from the pie filling.
Here are some more cherry desserts to try this summer:
Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes from the Cozy Cook
Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake from Cincy Shopper
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Creations by Kara
This EASY Black Forest Cake uses just four ingredients to create an awesome dessert for cherry lovers!
These Rustic Cherry Tarts are another delicious cherry option!