Celebrate the holiday season with Christmas Cherry Bars, a heartwarming dessert perfect for adding a touch of festivity to any occasion. These bars are crafted with a luscious cherry pie filling, nestled between layers of a rich, buttery crust and a crumbly topping, bringing a burst of joy with every bite. While not tied to a specific origin, these bars are a delightful twist on traditional fruit bars, embracing the spirit of Christmas. The vibrant red cherries make them an aesthetically pleasing choice for the festive season, symbolizing joy and abundance.
Presenting Christmas Cherry Bars can be as delightful as eating them. Serve them dusted with powdered sugar for a snowy effect, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat. For an extra touch of luxury, drizzle dark chocolate over the top. Pair these bars with hot cocoa, spiced cider, or milk to complement the tartness of the cherries, creating a classic holiday flavor experience. They also go wonderfully with savory snacks or finger sandwiches in a holiday buffet or tea party.
Recipe Name: Christmas Cherry Bars
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
For the Optional Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour and salt.
Gradually combine dry ingredients with the creamed mixture.
Spread 3 cups of the batter in the prepared pan.
Carefully layer with cherry pie filling.
Drop remaining batter in clumps over the filling.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Vanilla Glaze (Optional):
Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Drizzle over the cooled cherry bars.
Cut into bars, serve once the glaze sets, and enjoy these delightful Christmas Cherry Bars, a festive treat that’s sure to brighten your holiday celebrations!