Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cherry Bars


I recently bought a Taste of Home New Potluck Cookbook. This recipe was in there and it is so good! These taste like little mini cherry cakes and are very simple to make. Enjoy them while you can because they will not last long!

I was in Wegman's grocery store last night. I love going into their bakery section because they just have the most beautiful cakes (for a grocery store). No other store aroound this area can even compare to them. But the prices! Wow....I told my husband I will never again complain about how much I spend on ingredients to make a cake. I know I had commented last week about the price of good chocolate for a frosting I was making. No more complaining here. The prices were sky high on the cakes. I'm not saying they are not worth it...their cakes are fantastic and I am a huge fan of Wegman's, bus it is just so much cheaper to bake a cake yourself.

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling

GLAZE:

1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the extracts. Combine flour and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix until combined.

Spread 3 cups batter into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop the remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars.

30 comments:

Bunny said...

We are huge cherry fans here, this looks fantastic! Bookmarking !!

Amanda said...

Oh cherries!! I love cherries :) I agree with you about the cake ingredients. Even mediocre cakes at the grocery store are out of site!

Kay said...

Oh yum! These look divine! Wish I could dig in right now! Thanks for the recipe.

Mary said...

They look lovely!

finsmom said...

Cherry bars are soooo good! Yours sound amazing. Love the drizzle on the top!

Katy said...

Debbie, your cake looks so good. And boy do I love cherries. I don't have a lot of recipes calling for them, so this is a VERY welcomed addition. I cannot wait to try this.

I hear you about the bakery cakes. In my little city all we have is the Wal-Mart bakery. The ladies there do a pretty good job on decorating, but the cakes come to the store, frozen, premade somewhere in Arkansas, if I remember correctly.

I agree with you: Homemade is soooo much better, for freshness, quality, and value.

Well done!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love the picture of the cherry bars! This would be a huge hit at my house!

Mary said...

These look wonderful! I'm sure they taste as good as they look. Re bakery cakes: They look beautiful but they have a tendency to taste the same. That can be very disappointing.

Pearl said...

oh Debbie - your cherry bars look great! I think there's something special about homemade that grocery stores just can't replicate!

Reeni♥ said...

These look scrumptious!! And I love that it makes a huge pan full. I bet these are great for breakfast!

teresa said...

Mmm, I love the cherry almond combo. So summer and delicious!

Manggy said...

Ooh, I can just imagine how good this is-- I am a huge cherry fan too!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a GREAT photo! Hubby loves cherry, thanks for sharing.

Jenn said...

Look at all that cherry deliciousness. Hope you saved me a slice. =)

Cheryl said...

OK this one looks delish and easy enough that I could actuall make it! thanks for sharing!

The Blonde Duck said...

Taste of Home is one of my favorites!

Monica H said...

Drool :-)''

These look so darn good- I love cherries!

I agree with you on grocery store cakes, and they're not usually that good either. Out of curiosity, how much were they?

Denise said...

Would like a piece with my tea in the morning, please..great job

burpandslurp said...

YUM! Red and glistening...Little jewels!

spidersfrommars said...

I am so so glad that I came across your blog. I love cherries! I wish I could have a bite of that cake....
I'll be coming back :)

Bridgett said...

My husband loves desserts like these but I never seem to get them to turn out. This one sounds pretty easy though so I may have to give it a try. It looks gorgeous!

Donna-FFW said...

Love love love cherries, and this looks perfect, and so easy to make.

Lara said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a great site here and this recipe in particular looks so fun and different (and yummy). I live in VA as well (in Fairfax)and I too am a huge fan of Wegmans. The closest one to us is about 10 minutes away, but I make special trips just to go there. :)

Netts Nook said...

I saw this recipe yours looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Sophie said...

MMMMMM...this picture looks just perfect!! I bet it tasted superb!!
Thanks again for stopping at my foodblog so that I could discover yours!!

I love your cutie of a blog!

Melody said...

Give me some vanilla ice cream and I'm good!

Ingrid said...

YUMMY! That looks lovely. Wish I was a neighbor....that way I could pop over with some milk. Right now I'm craving something sweet and yuummy!
~ingrid

Emily said...

Well the cherry bars look just delish. I'm very, very into cherries lately.

Thatta girl! Bake those cakes yourself!

Maya said...

Can't wait for the local cherris!

Julie said...

Those cherry bars look wonderful!