Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a tasty and surprisingly easy dessert or snack! 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #FallFlavors Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of these recipes. All opinions are mine.  Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a surprisingly easy, tasty dessert or snack!

Don’t you love all the colors of fall?  From vibrant orange to cheery yellow to glorious burgundy.   Like in these Glazed Cherry Pie Bars!

Last year, I did an apple version of this tasty fall treat that I called (surprise) Glazed Apple Pie Bars.  It was an old recipe that I remembered from my childhood and finally got around to looking up online.  So this year, with a lot of beautiful cherries in my freezer, I couldn’t resist changing it up. Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a surprisingly easy, tasty dessert or snack!

When I decided to make the fruit switch, I knew I wanted to add vanilla to the filling.  I’ve always loved the two flavors together from the days of drinking Cherry Vanilla milk at the state fair.  Wisconsin Girl here! 

I had just gotten some samples from Taylor & Colledge, maker of vanilla and other flavor pastes since 1897, which were perfect!  If you’ve never used vanilla paste, let me tell you it’s a treat.  It contains tiny vanilla beans that make it closer to using fresh vanilla but quicker and easier.  And the cute vanilla beans display beautifully in the glaze, which makes a classy presentation.  If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Besides the vanilla, I got almond and lavender paste, which I haven’t tried yet.  But lavender is such an unusual option to find that I can’t wait to try it!  Especially since I’m a lavender baking addict with lemon lavender cupcakes, lavender crème brulee and more in my repertoire.

But back to the Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, I have to tell you that (silly me) I was initially intimidated by the crust.  In true confession, I still buy commercial pie crusts more often than not.  But this crust is richer—with egg yolks—and shaped like a rectangle, so I decided to give handmade a try.

Rolling between wax paper

In the end, it was super easy! I just rolled the dough between two sheets of floured wax paper.  When it got “stuck” I pulled the paper off, re-flouring and then putting the paper back as I went along. What was I afraid of!

The bars are sweet with a hint of tart and the crust is flakey and tastes like something your grandmother would have made.  They were pretty irresistible, which was good because it meant I had a lot of help eating them! Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a surprisingly easy, tasty dessert or snack!

Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a surprisingly easy, tasty dessert or snack!

Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

Yield: 15

Is it a pie?  Is it a cookie?  With Glazed Cherry Pie Bars, you have the best of both, for a surprisingly easy, tasty dessert or snack!

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 4-5 cups pitted sweet cherries (chop if you want smaller pieces)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1 c for tart cherries)
  • 2 T granulated “instant” tapioca (can sub 2 T cornstarch, I hear)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons lard or shortening (I used my farm lard)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water to start + up to 2 Tablespoons more as needed

Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Combine sugar, tapioca and vanilla, then mix with the cherries to coat them. Set aside.

Combine flour and salt then cut the shortening into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs are formed. Beat together lemon juice, egg yolks and water and pour over flour mixture. Stir to mix, until combined. Add extra water if needed. Divide dough in half and store one half in the refrigerator.

Line a 8 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper. Roll out half of the dough between wax paper to fit the pan. (Or you can pat it into shape in the pan but I found rolling slightly easier).

Spread cherry mixture evenly over the dough. There may be gaps which will fill as it cooks and softens. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar/vanilla/flour mixture.

Roll out the other half of the dough, between wax paper, to fit the top. Make slashes in the top with a knife to allow steam to escape.

Bake in 400° oven for 45-60 minutes until crust is slightly golden and cherries are bubbling. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the top loosely with foil and continue baking. Remove and place the pan on a rack to cool completely.

When bars are cool, make the glaze. Melt butter then combine with milk, powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread the glaze over top and allow to harden.
Slice into 15 squares (or whatever size you’d like).


Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 5gSugar: 39gProtein: 4g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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12 thoughts on “Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

  1. David Scott Allen

    Mark literally said to me last night, “You’ve never made me a cherry pie.” Will these do? I would love to make this. Question – can I use frozen cherries? Too late here for fresh. I have some excellent pitted frozen ones… and I will look for the pastes – I like that they are in tubes. Thanks for the intro! (Let me know about frozen… I really want to make these!)

  2. Christie

    I love love love cherries!! They’re tops on my list of fave fruits. These bars are totally making my mouth water. I cannot wait to try them.

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