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Cherry Crumble Bars

Want a simple bar recipe with just a few basic ingredients? These Cherry Crumble Bars are just what you need! Easy, fruity and flavorful. The perfect dessert!

A DELICIOUS DESSERT BAR

If you haven’t noticed I am a huge fan of cherry desserts. I’ve shared recipes for Cherry Pie Bars, Maraschino Cherry Cake and Cherry Pie Bites just to name a few. These Cherry Crumble Bars are fast, fun and simple. You probably have most of these ingredients on hand! So if you are looking for a fun (and maybe slightly addictive) dessert recipe that will feed a crowd, then you have to whip up a batch of these cherry bars!

Finished Cherry Crumble Bars stacked on parchment paper.

TIPS AND TRICKS ON MAKING CHERRY CRUMBLE BARS:

  • You can use any pie filling for this: blueberry, peach, strawberry, and apple all work perfectly with this recipe.
  • If you want to make your own homemade pie filling you can do that as well. Make sure the pie filling is thick and sturdy enough (not wet) otherwise these bars will not turn out.
  • This makes a large pan already, but you can absolutely double this if you plan on serving more people or are doing a bake sale, etc.
  • These are great warm or cold but they do need to cool slightly before cutting so they will set up and also for the glaze to not melt off the bars.
  • A jelly roll baking dish is approximately 10×15-inches and is one inch high. For thinner bars use a half sheet pan which is approximately 18×13-inches and one inch high.
Cherry Crumble Bars cut up in pan with one bar sticking out the top stacked Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • cherry pie filling
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
Ingredients needed: all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, egg , vanilla extract, cherry pie filling, powdered sugar and milk.

HOW TO MAKE CHERRY CRUMBLE BARS:

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a jelly roll baking pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray and set aside. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt then add the butter.

Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in bowl.

Using an electric mixer, beat in 4-5 tablespoons of butter at a time until the mixture forms a crumbly consistency. Add the egg and vanilla extract.

Beat flour and butter mixture in bowl with egg and vanilla added.

Stir to combine.

Finished crust and crumble mixture in bowl.

Press half of the dough into the prepared baking dish (we’ll use the rest of the dough for the crumble topping.)

Crust pressed into prepared pan.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top turns a light golden color.

Crust in pan after being baked.

Spread the cherries on top of the crust in an even layer.

Cherry pie filling covering the crust in the pan.

Crumble around the remaining dough mixture until most of the top is covered.

Remaining crust and crumble mixture sprinkled over the top of the cherry pie filling.

Bake for another 30-40 minutes, or until the top turns a light golden color. While the bars are baking, mix together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of the milk and the vanilla, adding more milk as needed.

Baked filling and crumble top out of oven.

Let the bars cool for 20 minutes before drizzling on the icing.

Cherry Crumble Bars finished in pan covered in glaze.

Slice and serve!

One Cherry Crumble Bar being lifted up by a spatula out of the pan.

HOW TO STORE:

  • This Cherry Crumble Bar Recipe can be stored in an airtight container on the countertop for up to one week.
  • These can also be frozen, we like to wrap each individual bar in plastic wrap and then place into a freezer safe container these will keep for up to 3 months.
  • To defrost just remove from the freezer into the refrigerator until thawed, the icing might get a little watery after it is thawed.

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Square image of Cherry Crumble Bar Recipe in pan with one bar sticking out the top stacked

Cherry Crumble Bars

Want a simple bar recipe with minimal ingredients? These Cherry Crumble Bars are just what you need! Easy, fruity and flavorful. The perfect dessert!
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Cool: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the icing:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a jelly roll baking pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat in 4-5 tablespoons of butter at a time until the mixture forms a crumbly consistency.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Press half of the dough into the prepared baking dish (we'll use the rest of the dough for the crumble topping.)
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top turns a light golden color.
  • Spread all the cherry pie filling on top of the partially baked crust in an even layer. Then crumble the remaining dough mixture until most of the top is covered. It won't completely cover the pie filling.
  • Bake for another 30-40 minutes, or until the top turns a light golden color.
  • While the bars are baking, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and the vanilla extract. Start with one tablespoon of milk and add more as needed.
  • Let the bars cool for 20 minutes. Drizzle the icing on top then allow to set for another 15 minutes. Then slice and serve!

Notes

  • You can use any pie filling for this: blueberry, peach, strawberry, and apple all work perfectly with this recipe.
  • If you want to make your own homemade pie filling you can do that as well. Make sure the pie filling is thick and sturdy enough (not wet) otherwise these bars will not turn out.
  • This makes a large pan already, but you can absolutely double this if you plan on serving more people or are doing a bake sale, etc.
  • These are great warm or cold but they do need to cool slightly before cutting so they will set up and also for the glaze to not melt off the bars.
  • A jelly roll baking dish is approximately 10×15-inches and are one inch high. For thinner bars use a half sheet pan which is approximately 18×13-inches and 1 inch high.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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6 Comments

    1. I’ve never tried it, I’m sorry. I also don’t think frozen cherries would be sweet enough unless you made them into a pie filling. If you experiment and give it a try, please let me know how it goes!

  1. 5 stars
    Brandie, I love your recipes. They are so easy to follow and they always turn out just like you described. Thank you for all your time and effort!!!

  2. 5 stars
    No cooling necessary between steps 6&7. I’ve made similar bars using marmalade and fruit preserves and just carefully spread over hot base, add crumble topping and back into oven.