Monday, May 14, 2012

Cherry On Top

Hey everyone! When I first saw this dessert I knew I had to make it, it's kind of a cross between a cookie and cake, we decided it's best described as a bar cookie. The base is a thick batter that you have to push around the sheet pan to spread out. It then gets topped with cherry pie filling (and this may just be the best use for canned cherry pie filling!) and is finished with little drops of reserved dough added to the top. The red color is beautiful and you can make it fancier with a dusting of powdered sugar.
It tastes great and I see it as a perfect dessert for the summer holidays! 
Made half a batch and used a 9x13 sheet pan.
I fished all of the cherries out of the can, and only used some of the gel. 

Earl says:
This dough is lick the beater good!
Cherry On Top
3 C A/P flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C butter, room temp
1 3/4 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1/4 C powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top
  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl.
  2. Cream butter and sugars with mixer.
  3. Add eggs and extracts, mix well.
  4. Add dry to wet, mix well.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of the batter, spread the rest into a well greased 11x17 sheet pan. You'll need to push it around to make it cover the pan.
  6. Spoon the pie filling over the crust. 
  7. Add sporadic drops of reserved dough to the top. 
  8. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until dough turns golden brown.
  9. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar. 
  10. Cut into squares.


  1. Yummy! I love cherry desserts. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  2. The crust looks like clouds floating on a see of cherry filling...mmmm.

  3. Your cherry bars look delicious! And I think they may be the perfect thing for dessert this week when we have company. Maybe with a scoop of vanilla icecream on top? Earl, you look very dapper in your chef hat.

  4. Let's see I love cherries, I love deserts, and I love kind of easy - lol. A winner for me. sandie

  5. It's beautiful and I adore cherries. All I did yesterday it seems was eat CAKE. Must stop.

  6. OMGoodness, that looks yummy!! I love cherries. It is a perfect summer treat, because it's easier than pie. However, now I want to know did you eat your chocolate or are you saving it for baking??? (I saw your comment on Purple Chocolat). p.s. I love Earl. He always makes me smile.

  7. This looks so good, it is jumping right off the screen at me! I can see this using other pie filling too, like peach or blueberry. Yummy yum yum! xo

  8. Oh....tell Earl his hard work paid off because his bars look yummy! You always have such wonderful recipe ideas, so I look forward to seeing what new things you have to share each week.

  9. I am with Earl - the batter is always lick-able! What a great idea to fish out just the cherries and skip half the gel! They always put way too much goo in. These look so yummy. Glad to hear you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  10. This looks great, and they make no sugar added cherry pie filling so you can save a little there on the sugar. I could not agree more about too much gel. I fish out the cherries too.

  11. Now that looks so yummy! Love me some cherries! Thanks for the recipe! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  12. Mouthwatering! I love simple desserts like this. I see a scoop of vanilla ice cream with this in the future.

  13. I love cherries! I would have a hard time not eating the whole thing!

  14. I can almost taste it..I like how you 'fished' out the cherries, it seems to have made it very jewel like and not at all are always so clever by not letting a recipe boss you around. xo

  15. Cherry-licious Lynn! Very pretty and festive for Spring.

  16. It is more like a cookie bar~ I would love the texture and a great way to use pie filling :)

  17. Yum Yum, I would love to work for such food, too.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  18. Lynn, Cherry anything is my favorite. This looks scrumptious! I'm making this on Thursday... and if it is as good as it looks, I'll make it for my Memorial Day guests!

  19. Happy Pinning indeed! This looks great and will be really fun to try.

  20. Oh my gosh! I can't wait to try this recipe! Please link up to Foodie Friday

  21. This looks so delicious. I'm going to have to bake this for my mom!

  22. That looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.


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