Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars – Cherry Bars With Cherry Pie Filling

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Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.

Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars

Easy cherry bars for a crowd are a cross between a cherry pie and a cherry crisp recipe.

The icing on the cake, literally and figuratively, is a simple powdered sugar glaze that take this quick dessert using cherry pie filling over the top.

Baked in a large sheet cake pan, cherry bars serve a crowd, making it the perfect recipe for any holiday or party. My Dad loves these Cherry Pie Bars so I like to make them for Father’s Day.

 

Cherry Bars With Cherry Pie Filling

One recent Saturday morning, Barbara was the lead cook for her husband, our dad, and our Uncle Pat who were all in tractors in different fields. Typically, Kevin plants corn, while Uncle Pat plants soybeans, and Dad sprays and keeps the other two filled with seed and rolling.

She needed a quick sweet to go with some ribeye steak sandwiches that she made on the grill. So she turned to her trusty Pot O’Gold cookbook, and stumbled upon this Oatmeal Cherry Bar recipe.

Barbara tends to keep cans of cherry pie filling in the cabinet which is the main ingredient in this recipe. With that being said, she’s always looking for recipes using cherry pie filling. Canned cherry dessert recipes are so easy to make!

These Cherry Bars with oatmeal were done in no time, and Barbara had lunch ready to deliver to the fields. All three men – as well as several family members – agreed that these bars needed to be on the menu again.

Ingredient List for Cherry Bars For a Crowd

What do I need to make easy cherry pie bars?

Butter, melted

Flour

Quick Cook Oats

Baking Soda

Brown Sugar

Cherry Pie Filling

Powdered Sugar

Milk

Vanilla Extract

How to Make Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars

  1. The bottom crust and the topping on these bars are the same oatmeal mixture. Mix melted butter, flour, brown sugar, quick oats and baking soda until moistened. Spread all but 2 cups of the mixture on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven, and spread with the cherry pie filling over the bottom crust.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of the mixture over the pie filling before baking again for 20-25 minutes.
  4. While the bars are cooling, prepare the glaze by mixing milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  5. Drizzle the glaze over the bars and let them completely cool before cutting.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for cherry bars using cherry pie filling, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Notes About Cherry Pie Bars:

  • Cherry Pie Filling is a pantry staple.
  • Line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper that hangs over the side. After baking, pull out the paper, and the cherry pie bars are easy to cut.
  • These cherry bars use quick oats, not to be confused with old fashioned rolled oats.
  • We love how these make a huge pan, making them perfect for pitch-ins.  Cherry Bars serve a crowd!
  • The powdered sugar glaze could be omitted, if desired.
  • Not a cherry fan? Check out our Caramel Apple Crisp Bars.

Recipes Using Cherries

The best part of this Easy Cherry Crisp, aside from the flavor, is that you can make it with a handful of staple ingredients. Using fresh or frozen cherries, this fruit crisp is a perfect summer dessert. Serve this homemade fruit dessert with fresh whipped cream or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Easy Cherry Crisp

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Grandma’s Cherry Fluff

Crock Pot Cherry Ham is double the cherry flavor with an easy cherry glaze made of Cherry Pie Filling, Cherry Cola and brown sugar.  Don't forget to turn on the Crock Pot, and in 6 short hours, you'll have a sweet ham fit for any holiday.

Cherry Crock Pot Ham

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 

Old Fashioned Cherry Winks

Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
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Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars - Cherry Bars With Cherry Pie Filling

Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry bars, cherry bars with cherry pie filling, cherry oatmeal bars, cherry pie bars, glazed oatmeal cherry bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 562kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Cherry Bars

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups butter melted
  • 21 oz. can cherry pie filling

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. For easier cutting, line with parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda together in a large bowl; stir in melted butter until completely moistened.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
  • Reserve 2 cups of oat mixture for the topping. Gently spread the remaining mixture in an even layer into the jelly roll pan.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spread pie filling over crust, and sprinkle with reserved topping.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
  • Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.
  • Prepare glaze by mixing sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
  • Let bars cool for 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle glaze over bars.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.
  • Cut bars when completely cooled.
    Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.  Cherry Bars with cherry pie filling are great to feed a crowd.

Notes

  • Cherry Pie Filling is a pantry staple. 
  • Line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper that hangs over the side. After baking, pull out the paper, and the cherry pie bars are easy to cut. 
  • These cherry bars use quick oats, not to be confused with old fashioned rolled oats.
  • We love how these make a huge pan, making them perfect for pitch-ins.
  • Love cherries? Try Grandma's Cherry Fluff, Cherry Dump Cake, and Easy Cherry Crisp

Nutrition

Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 811IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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11 Comments

  1. These bars were incredible!!!! I made them last year for a Christmas party and they were a hit! I am pretty sure I used old fashioned oats because that is all I ever have on hand and they came out fine! I will try them this year with quick oats and see I notice a difference. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. How are these without glaze. I often feel, recipes don’t need it, makes it look nicer, but necessarily need it.

    1. Sandy, You can leave the glaze off of these if you’d prefer. You’ll have the sweetness from the cherry pie filling.

      1. They were good ,I don’t think the glaze is needed… Also I added walnuts☺️thanks !

  3. After searching for a “healthier” cherry bar recipe, I came upon this one. My oldest daughter is vegan so I modified it by using 3/4 C coconut oil and 3/4 C applesauce instead of the melted butter. The texture turned out amazing!!! I did have to bake them about 10 minutes longer probably because of the applesauce. Another couple of additions I made was adding 1/2 C finely chopped coconut and 1/2 C slivered almonds to the remaining mixture for the top, 1/2 tsp almond extract to the oatmeal mixture and also to the glaze. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  4. Soo delicious and very easy to make! A big hit in my house. Will definitely be trying this with other pie filling flavors.

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