For the Bars:
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon 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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan (12×17) with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, about 1-2 minutes. Add salt, eggs, and vanilla and almond flavorings and continue stirring until fully incorporated.
Add flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. Reserve 1 3/4 cup of dough. Spread/Press remaining dough into the prepared baking pan. Top with cherry pie filling. Drop remaining batter in small pieces over the cherry filling.Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled prepare the glaze. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth and drizzle over the bars. Cut into 35 squares and serve.