I love whipping a tray of these Christmas bars up! Everyone was thrilled by the outcome!.

Celebrate the holiday season with these irresistible Christmas Cherry Bars, a dessert that promises to bring festive cheer and warmth to any gathering. With their rich cherry pie filling nestled between a buttery crust and a crumbly topping, these bars are a joyful ode to the season’s spirit. Their vibrant red hue, symbolic of joy and abundance, makes them a visually stunning addition to your holiday table. Whether enjoyed by a cozy fire, at a lively gift exchange, or as part of a festive buffet, these cherry bars are sure to delight.


1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

For the Optional Vanilla Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp milk

½ tsp vanilla extract


Preheat and Prep: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Creaming Process: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Incorporate Eggs and Vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then mix in the vanilla extract.

Dry Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

Combine Mixtures: Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Layering: Spread 3 cups of the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. Gently lay the cherry pie filling over this base. Use the remaining batter to create small clumps and dot them over the cherry layer.

Baking: Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top turns a lovely golden brown.

Cooling: Allow the bars to cool completely on a wire rack before proceeding to the glazing step.

Vanilla Glaze (Optional):

Prepare Glaze: Whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth.

Final Touch: Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cherry bars. Let the glaze set before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve these Christmas Cherry Bars as a standalone treat, dusted with powdered sugar, or alongside vanilla ice cream for a decadent touch. Enhance the holiday experience by pairing them with hot cocoa, spiced cider, or milk. For added luxury, consider a drizzle of dark chocolate over the top before adding the glaze.

Enjoy crafting and sharing these delightful Christmas Cherry Bars, a dessert that encapsulates the essence of the holiday season, making your celebrations all the more memorable.

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