CHERRY BARS FOR A CROWD

by Sheryl

A quick and easy, last-minute dessert to serve the crowd with. These amazing Cherry Bars have a buttery crumb crust that is topped with an insanely delicious cherry pie filling and drizzled with sweet vanilla glaze. Your guest will surely be impressed. They will never realize how simple this is to make. These bars are loaded with cherry flavor, and they are not only satisfying but are pleasing to the eyes, too. I love cherries, and this is a hit for me. A mouthwatering 5-star dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

INGREDIENTS

For the Bars

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cans (21 oz.) cherry pie filling

For the Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons milk

HOW TO MAKE CHERRY BARS

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Use an aluminum foil to line a 12 x 17-inch jelly roll pan. Then, spray with a nonstick spray and set aside.

Step 3: Place the butter and sugar in a bowl. Cream using your hand mixer for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 4: Stir in the salt, eggs, vanilla, and the almond flavorings until incorporated.

Step 5: Add in the flour and baking soda. Beat until just combined. Make sure to reserve 1 3/4 cups of dough.

Step 6: With the remaining dough, spread it and press into the prepared baking pan. Then, top it with the cherry pie filling.

Step 7: Tear the reserved batter into small pieces and place over the cherry filling.

Step 8: Place inside the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 9: Once done, remove from the oven and put the pan on a wire rack to cool.

Step 10: Meanwhile, to make the glaze, whisk the confectioner’s’ sugar and milk until smooth.

Step 11: Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bar and cut it into 35 square pieces before serving. Enjoy!

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