Cherry Pie Squares

So many people have raved about the blackberry pie squares I posted a few weeks ago, that I decided to try an adapted version with my homemade cherry pie filling from the fresh sour cherries I picked from my neighbor’s tree. This time I kicked up the flavor with some almond extract, and instead of a white drizzle, I gave the topping a chocolate twist.

These were delicious. The almond, cherry and chocolate go so well together! The only issue I had was that I must not have spread the pie filling evenly as I ended up with some areas that were dryer than others. I encourage you to try this recipe with whatever flavor pie filling you like. My friend Tami tried them with apple pie filling and said they were wonderful! Ingrid said hers were terrific – she made them with blueberry and added some lemon zest to the sugar mixture before baking.

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Cherry Pie Squares
adapted from Blackberry Pie Squares

printable version

1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
21 ounces cherry pie filling

3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/5 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cream sugar and butter in mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add the almond extract and beat well. Whisk together flour and baking powder. Turn mixer speed down to lowest setting and slowly add flour mixture until completely combined.

Spread half of mixture onto an ungreased 15×10 jelly roll pan. Spread pie filling over the top of the batter. Drop remaining batter onto the pie filling layer by spoonfuls.

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Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Do not under bake. Remove to a wire rack.

Combine powdered sugar, cocoa, melted margarine and milk and drizzle over warm bars.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

More from me you might like:
Cantaloupe Cream Pie
Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

More from the interwebs:
Cherry Almond Rolls – from Baking and Boys
Pecan Cheesecake Pie – from Never Enough Thyme
Fruit Smoothie Popsicles – from Modern Comfort Food

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  1. chayacomfycook says

    I always leave your blog with a recipe to make and today, this is it. I could so, go for these. Printed and ready to be made on another day.

  2. jose manuel says

    Que pinta tiene estos trozos de tarta, se ven deliciosos y las fotos geniales. Me quedo con tu receta. Saludos

  3. Grumpy and HoneyB says

    Amanda, these look awesome! When I was a kid Cherry pie was my very favorite. Now that I am older I have a lot of favorites but I still have a soft spot for cherry!

  4. Katrina says

    Cherry would definitely be my favorite! But I've got a thousand blueberries right now. Hmmm. Looks so good with the chocolate drizzle.

  5. Barbara @moderncomfortfood says

    I was looking forward to your first recipe with the sour cherries you put up last week. And, oh my, have you hit a home run with these wonderful looking bars! I love that you've added a chocolate drizzle here, which is not only pretty as a picture but such a perfect flavor complement to the cherries.

  6. Debbie says

    They look delicious Amanda. I love the idea of using cherry pie filling. I'll have to give these a try!

  7. Tiffiny Felix says

    I'm still trying to find sour cherries so I can make your pie filling. When I do, these squares are definitely on my list of things to make with it :) Yum!

  8. Jen says

    I don't cook much now that I am widowed so it was with anticipation that I decided to make these. I think I should have known better. I live in Australia now and everytime I try one of the USA recipes they disappoint.We use metric measurements and I am sure our flour is different. I couldn't find cherry pie filling at all so used a tin of black cherries in juice. Then I needed to thicken the juice. I think my tin was too small but since it was pricey I didn't want to buy two cans. My cake mixture seemed very stiff. And unfortunately burned on the bottom a bit and was fairly dry.

    So a dry partially burned cake with not enough filling. If that wasn't enough the chocolate was too thick to drizzle so I added a bit more milk then it seemed to be too runny. Made little pools in the low places and ran off the edges all over the kitchen bench and onto the floor.

    At least it doesn't taste too bad but I was planning to impress a Bible study group tomorrow. Well, that's not gonna happen!!!

  9. Amanda says

    Oh dear Jen, I'm so sorry you had trouble. I'm sure you're right about the flour and other ingredients being different, making these difficult to convert. I wish I had more encouraging words for you. I'm afraid I am completely unfamiliar with any products from Australia, so I wouldn't even be able to offer advice. :(

  10. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog says

    The chocolate and cherries is absolutely delicious – these squares are pure happiness!



  11. Ingrid says

    AH! I was planning on making a cherry version of these using almond extract in place of vanilla, too! You beat me to it, but I'm happy to hear that it works! Great minds! :)

  12. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says

    Ahh these look delicious!! I'm going to try and make these before cherry season is over!

  13. Tasty Eats At Home says

    I don't think I'd have much willpower around your house, with all of these baked goods. These look amazing.


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