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May 07

Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars

I love making pie, but I hate cutting and serving it. Is it going to gel properly? Is it going to slice up nice and pretty? For this reason, I love making pie bars. They’re easier to make and much, much easier to serve.

Take cherry pie, for example. It’s one of the messiest, gooiest, hard-to-serve pies out there. Make cherry pie bars and you take all the stress out of it.

Add chocolate and almond and you have perfection!

Almonds and Chocolate Chips takes these Cherry Pie Bars to the next level!

I have a funny story to tell you. Embarrassing funny – for me.

Our elementary school had a fundraiser last Friday night. It was an adults-only evening with food and cocktails and music and dancing. A bunch of us girlfriends decided to go together and leave our husbands at home to deal with the kids. Girls night out!

Armed with drink tickets and dressed up in heels, we were impatient for the dancing to begin. I mean, we live in the suburbs, have kids, work, and have extracurricular activities. A night of dancing? Unheard of.

The 7 of us were pretty much the only ones on the dance floor, jiggling ourselves away to the beat. It was awkward for a few songs, having the rest of the room stare at us. But we didn’t care, we were moving to the music and freaking to “Talk Dirty To Me”

{What can I say, we’re classy ladies.}

That wasn’t the embarrassing part, BTW.

The embarrassment came when I spotted one of my friends open her eyes wide at me from across the dance floor, followed quickly by her dashing to my side. Turns out an Anthropologie wrap dress is not conducive to dancing. Plastic snaps don’t like hip-hop.

Thank goodness for ruffles, to hide my “girls” when the snap popped. Then it happened 3 more times over the course of the evening.

That party got real fun, real fast.

Anyway. Luckily the room wasn’t full. We’ll just pretend no one saw anything.

Ahem.

Almonds and Chocolate Chips takes these Cherry Pie Bars to the next level!

So, let’s talk about pie bars. They’re my favorite way to eat pie. They’re easier to make than a traditional pie, they’re easier to cut, and they’re easier to serve.

Plus the crust/crumb ratio to filling is better in my favor. I want a lot of crust and crumble!

I’ve made bars similar to this before, with blueberry and apple butter. This time, when I was cleaning out my pantry, I found a can of cherry pie filling that needed to get used. Because I’m me, just plain cherry wouldn’t work, so I added chocolate chips and almonds.

Cherry + chocolate + almonds = The Perfect Trilogy

These are super simple to make. You just have to press the crust into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. I added almonds to my butter crust and to the crumble. They add a yummy crunch and flavor to the bars. Spread the pie filling over the crust, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and top with lots and lots of crumble.

I like to bake these in a pan that’s been lined with foil and cooking spray, so I can lift the whole batch out of the pan for easy slicing. That’s totally optional, and I only do it because (1) I want pretty cuts for pictures and (2) I don’t like washing my pans.

Foil = simple rinse of pan. Works for me!

Serve these pie bars alone, or with some ice cream or whipped cream. They’re the perfect dessert for a summer party.

Play music at the party, get the guests dancing, and they’ll eat more.

Almonds and Chocolate Chips takes these Cherry Pie Bars to the next level!

Just watch out for those wrap dresses…

Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars

Almonds and chocolate chips are the perfect addition to cherry pie bars. And they're easy to serve and perfect with some ice cream on the side.

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • For the Filling
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the Crumble
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: add butter, flour, salt, and sugar to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until it becomes crumbly. (You may need to use your fingers to break up any larger chunks of butter.) Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, mix the crumble. Place all the crumble ingredients in the same bowl you used for the crust and mix with your mixer until crumbly. Again, you may need to use your hands to work in the larger chunks of butter.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove crust from the oven. Spread the cherry pie filling over the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the filling and press gently to compact. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until topping starts to turn golden.
  5. Cool completely before removing from pan. Cut into squares. Serve alone, or with whipped cream or ice cream. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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45 Responses to “Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:11 am (#)

    It’s crazy that we both had layered fruit bars with a crust + crumble topping. Yours are cherry, mine pineapple, same difference. Great minds. Your bars are gorg and that cherry filling just pops! And those little crumble bits, mmmm, I want to pick them all off :) pinned

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  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:35 am (#)

    Haha! Your story made me laugh. Good thing for ruffles eh? And “talk dirty to me” is totally my guilty pleasure song! IT’S SO CATCHY!
    I’ve never had a pie bar…but that’s genius! So much easier than making a big ‘ol pie! Love love love! Pinned :D

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  3. Mir posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:39 am (#)

    I’m a huge fan of pie bars! If you make them in bars, you can eat so many more pieces and not feel like it’s wrong. Several slices of pie? Hmm. Lots of bars? Totally okay! :)
    These are great. Love the crumbs!
    And very funny story. I’m sure nobody complained!

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  4. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:04 am (#)

    These look amazing! Pinned!

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  5. Medeja posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:15 am (#)

    Cherry and chocolate.. irresistible combination :)

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  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:49 am (#)

    Dorothy, I’m with you on hating to serve up pie. I always feel like my pieces will fall apart and not resemble an actual pie! But these bars look amazing! Almonds and chocolate? The perfect combination!

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  7. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:14 am (#)

    I totally agree – pie bars are so much “safer” to cut into! Haha LOVED your story and you told it so well I’m still laughing :) Good thing the dance floor wasn’t packed haha! Love all the flavors in these bars; pinned! :)

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  8. CakePants posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:08 am (#)

    I’ve never made pie bars before, and now I’m wondering why!! The one time I made a cherry pie from fresh cherries, it was delicious but, just as you said, was pretty messy and didn’t gel completely. I love that pie bars, unlike traditional pie, would be a perfect dessert for summer picnics, since you can easily eat them with your hands!! Yum :)

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  9. Wendy posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:47 am (#)

    Safety pins: a wrap dress’s best friend (unless of course you are planning for a fast exit :) ) High crumb ratio: my best friend. :)
    This looks like a great quick recipe for all of the upcoming bbq’s, graduations, and warm weather get-togethers!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 8th, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Totally! I’m sneaking some in my purse next time I wear it! :)

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  10. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on May 7, 2014 at 8:25 am (#)

    These bars look fantastic! I am going to try these but without the almond and cherry. Can I replace with another fruit? Sadly allergic to both ;(

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 8th, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Boo!! Use any can of pie filling, and I bet any nut would work too!

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  11. Matt Robinson posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:12 am (#)

    These are incredible, Dorothy! All of my favorites in one bar. Wow.

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  12. Serene @ House of Yumm posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:20 am (#)

    Dorothy, these are beautiful! And I totally agree about cutting pie. It causes me anxiety! Layer cakes too. This is probably why there are none on my blog, I don’t want the stress of the perfect cut weighing on my shoulders. Loved your story by the way :) always good to be able to laugh at ourselves. Sounds like you had a great time out with the ladies!

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  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:49 am (#)

    The combination of chocolate and cherries makes my mouth water. I absolutely love them together! The “talk dirty to me” song gets me every time lol.

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  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:07 am (#)

    I love making pie bars! So munch easier to deal with than a regular pie!

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  16. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm (#)

    Pie bars are one of my favorite treats to bake and eat. I love that there are so many ways to change them up, and these cherry-chocolate-almond ones look super yummy!

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  17. Mom posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (#)

    These sounds yummy! Also, you should always carry a couple of small safety pins in your purse for emergencies (yours or someone else’s). :)
    xoxo

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  18. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm (#)

    I’m even more in love with these now Dorothy! Just totally gorgeous! Pinned, of course ;)

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  19. Laurie F. posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm (#)

    The proverbial (and literal) cherry on top is just the right touch!

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  20. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on May 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm (#)

    Your evening of dancing sounded like fun…even if you did pop a few snaps :) I love pie, and, even more, I love pie that’s easy to cut and portable. Pinning!

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  21. Tieghan posted on May 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm (#)

    Pie in bar form is the greatest! Love these bars, Dorothy!

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  22. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm (#)

    Dorothy, you are so cute! To dance when basically no one else is, and then to keep dancing after your little dress mishap… I would’ve been tempted to go to the bathroom and cry — so proud of you for staying out there! Your bars look so cheerful and fruity, and I love the almond and chocolate twist! All that’s missing is a little whipped cream — you already have the cherry on top! ;) I’m absolutely in love with your napkins; where did you find them??

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 8th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      They’re actually fabric squares. I get them at JoAnn’s – in the fabric section they have a shelf running along the wall with the bolts of calico fabrics with little squares for about $2!

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied on May 8th, 2014 at 11:12 am

        Ooh thanks Dorothy! Definitely going to check that out. :) I picked up a few fabric samples from Walmart last week, but I really need to trim them down a bit… Too much fabric for my small photography workspace!

  23. Annie @Maebells posted on May 8, 2014 at 7:55 am (#)

    What a great flavor combination! Dessert bars are my absolute favorite way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving! These look fabulous!

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  24. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on May 8, 2014 at 10:18 am (#)

    Hahaha! I have had too many of those unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. At least you were having fun!
    Bars are my favorite way to eat pie too! These are just so pretty!!

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  25. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:18 am (#)

    Totally agree! Bars are the way to go :) I just had family over and was kicking myself for making this huge messy cheesecake, when I could have just made BARS :)

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  26. dina posted on May 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm (#)

    these look so delish!

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  27. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm (#)

    Love the concept of a pie bar and how it is more crust and easier too cut. You totally sold me! Pinned!

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  28. Eden Alex posted on May 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm (#)

    I am a huge fan of this post

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  29. Eden Alex posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm (#)

    I love pies and this is the best Idea. Gotta try it!

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  30. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on May 9, 2014 at 3:43 am (#)

    I totally agree – I love pie bars since they are easier to make and serve. Haha, loved your story, good thing for the ruffles and that the dance floor wasn’t packed! I am loving all the flavors in these bars too – pinned :)

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  31. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on May 9, 2014 at 10:06 am (#)

    Okay, ONE, your photos are amazing!
    TWO, I totally need a handful of these. Or plateful. Whichever is bigger.

    In love!

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  32. Risa posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm (#)

    This is truly a perfect flavor combo. (Bummer on flashing at the fundraiser)

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  34. Jaclyn posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm (#)

    I’m obsessed with cherries lately. These bars look perfect!

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