Classic Cherry Pie Bar Recipe makes an amazing dessert or breakfast treat and is much easier than cherry pie. Almond flavored cake is topped with canned cherry pie filling and then drizzled with a powder sugar glaze.
1tspalmond extractplus a couple dashes for the glaze
3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½tspbaking powder
1 or 221 ozcan(s) cherry pie filling can use 1 or 2 cans. If you like a lot of cherries I highly recommend using 2, but if you like more cake only use 1.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter, 1 tsp. almond extract, and sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter, mix until it is completely incorporated.
Spread ⅔ of the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Pour the cherries over the batter and make sure the cherries are evenly distributed. Dollop the remaining batter over the top of the cherries.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you use a glass baking dish you may need to bake for 30-35 minutes.
While the bars bake mix the glaze my combining the ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp milk , and a couple dashes of almond extract. You may need to add a couple drops of milk to get a drizzle consistency.
Once the bars are out of the oven and cooled, drizzle with the powdered sugar glaze and cut into 16 squares.
Store at room temperature, covered, for up to 4 days.