PPQ: Cherry Pie Bars

by Shawnda on July 17, 2012

in Cherries,Cookies and Bars,Pies and Tarts,Project Pastry Queen

Cherry Pie Bars

I was super excited to see the recipe that Amanda selected for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Blackberry Pie Bars.

Redemption. Sweet, cherry-studded redemption.

Because the last time I made them, I totally bonked the recipe. Hard. There would be no bonking this time!

I made a few changes this go ’round:
– I actually read the recipe before getting started. Knowledge is power, people.
– I made half the recipe in an 8×8 pan with halved fresh cherries.
– I reduced the sugar by 1/3 and used fat-free Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream.
– I only reduced the almond extract by 25% from the full recipe. Because almond extract is magical, especially when paired with cherries.

The shortbread crust makes these bars a cookie-cobbler-pie hybrid. The almond extract and cherry-studded middle layer is a glass of milk away from heaven. The best part? No forks required. So grab a bag of cherries while you still can and give this one ago!


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 17, 2012 at 5:14 am

Those cherry pie bars look fabulous!


2 Katrina July 17, 2012 at 5:37 am

These look dreamy!


3 Erin July 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

Hello dangerous


4 Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

Oh my heavens — these look irresistible!


5 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

These look incredible! I have yet to bake with cherries this season – that must change!


6 Laura July 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

The blackberry bars on Josie’s site have been on my “to-bake” list for a while now, but with cherries? Dear Lord. I love almond extract too. My favorite kind of flavored syrup for coffee!


7 Emily @ She Makes and Bakes July 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

These look great…Love the cherries and almond extract. I love how versatile this recipe is!


8 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Those look incredibly delicious!!!! I really need to buy some cherries now:-)


9 patsyk July 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Those cherry bars look amazing and I love the way you lightened them up!


10 Joanne July 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

You READ the recipe first! I’m impressed. I really need to do that more.

I am on SUCH a cherry kick lately! Need these.


11 Ann P. July 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

ooooh, beautiful! This is a new breed of bar, and it sounds delicious!


12 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

These look amazing! Pie in bar form. . .yum!


13 Amanda July 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m not a big cherry fan, but maybe this will convert me! Thanks for such a great idea.


14 Javelin Warrior July 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

These look SOOO good – I’m a big fan of cherries and I love how these bars are just studded with bits of cherry. Yum! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…


15 Angie R. July 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Ok, this may be a stupid question, but I can’t figure out where the recipe is, or which one to use with your adaptions. I am sleep-deprived right now, so that may be part of the problem. But I have a big bag of cherries waiting for me to do something with them!!! :)


16 foodiebride July 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm
17 Angie R. July 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thanks. I guess what was confusing me was that you said you reduced the almond extract by 25%, but I didn’t see almond extract in that recipe.


18 foodiebride July 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh, the original called for 1 tsp for a 9×13 pan. I used 3/4 tsp in the 8×8.


19 kristen duke photography July 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

just discovered your blog today as i’ve been searching for food photography tips. i’m a portrait photographer and lifestlye blogger and i really want to learn to better style my food. SO excited to see your cutting board tutorial and the tabletop. I also saw HEB in the background….you must be in TEXAS!?! I live in Austin!


20 foodiebride July 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

I’m in Houston!


21 Kris @kmulkey007 October 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

YUM!!!! Can’t wait to make these! (Visiting from DailyBuzz Moms.)


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