With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Cherry or Blueberry Fruit Bars

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cherry or Blueberry Fruit Bars

I first saw this recipe on Taste of home and then on my friend, Sandi's blog, Wayside Treasures.  My son-in-law's mom makes something similar. So, I made it for a special dinner with our family.

The recipe is especially for my Aunt Rose.
Since she was visiting from Florida and our daughter, Jill and family were visiting from up-state New York, I asked my cousin, Karen, if they were free to come for dinner. I was thrilled that schedules worked out and everyone got to spend an evening together.  I served these fruit bars topped with a scoop of ice-cream for dessert.  My aunt loved them and wanted the recipe!
The recipe calls for two cans of cherry pie filling but I used a can of cherry and a can of blueberry.  The batter is heavy and it bakes stiffer than a cake batter. More like a danish.  I also like it because it makes a large batch and perfect when serving a crowd. 

Cherry or Blueberry Fruit Bars
source: Taste of Home

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

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

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually stir in flour.

Spread 3 cups batter into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over top. 

Yield: 5 dozen.
NOTE: to get 5-dozen, each serving would be just a mere 1-inch x 2.5-inch square and, well, that is a wee bit small in my humble opinion :)

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Maggie Ann said...

Your fruit bars look so delish! I admire you...having a large family dinner and such a great family to boot! And being an awesome cook. I have a great cookbook collection but find myself making the same recipes in the crockpot and ahem....I admit...seldom tiring of them. Ah well, some of us are bound to miss the boat...lol. (like me, the hit and miss cook) =)

Ann said...

Those do look good and I like both those flavors. It would be hard to choose between the two so I would have to eat one of each....lol

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

No doubt this is very tasty and was a big hit:@)

Nancy's Notes said...

Okay, I want some now! They look delicious and I'm sure they were a big hit! They would be gone in a heartbeat at our house! Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe!

Cranberry Morning said...

Nice family photo! And those bars look amazing, like melt-in-your-mouth amazing!

lindsey said...

So great to have family get togethers! The recipe looks wonderful too.

NanaDiana said...

I love that you have such wonderful family gatherings. I copied this recipe over. I am always looking for easy recipes like this that I can do ahead and it will serve a crowd.
Thanks, Lorraine! xo Diana

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They even look like Danish pastry in the first photo. What a delicious treat and fun family gathering.

Pondside said...

Oh my but they look like a treat! You'll have all of us drooling on our keyboards!

Just a little something from Judy said...

No wonder everyone's schedules worked out to come together for the evening, those bars look amazing! This is definitely one of those recipes that I am going to save in my files, just in case some of my family can get together soon. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Alison Agnew said...

Delicious! What a yummy dessert to make for loved ones. Such a nice photo too! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Debbie Huffaker said...

You need to open a pastry shop...yummy!

Katherines Corner said...

what a wonderful family photo and your fruit bars look delish. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥


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