Cherry Streusel Bars are a wonderful way to showcase frozen cherries and they ship well if you want to share with a friend. A foolproof recipe that’s great for HOLIDAY get togethers or a BAKE SALE.
I made these yummy cherry streusel bars for my mom and mother-in-law last month. I was planning on making cookies, but for some reason, my cookies turned out flat, and while delicious, I didn’t want to send ugly cookies. After messing up the cookies, I was in a rush and needed something to put together quickly that would still travel well in the heat. I remember how yummy these were and they ended up being a great choice.
I love fruit filled bars like Apricot Bars, but I think cherry may be my favorite especially in cherry hand pies. There’s nothing spectacular about this recipe, but still the flavors are just right with the crunchy streusel on top. I added just a dash of almond extract and slivered almonds to give them some crunch. The flavor of cherries is preserved so well when frozen and not having to pit the cherries make these even easier.
If you want to use fresh cherries, try this cook kitchen hack for pitting cherries when you don’t have a cherry pitter.
What INGREDIENTS do you need for these simple cherry streusel bars
- For the CRUST, you need sugar, flour, salt and butter.
- For the FILLING, you need frozen cherries, cherry preserves, lemon juice and almond extract.
- For the STREUSEL, you need rolled oats, slivered almonds, brown sugar and butter
How do you MAKE streusel bars
Step 1: Make the crust by placing the sugar, flour and salt in a food processor and then add cold butter. All but ¼ cup goes in the bottom of the pan and is baked until golden brown.
Step 2: While the crust is baking add all of the filling ingredients to the food processor and pulse until it’s chunky. Spread it on the crust when it comes out of the oven.
Step 3: Combine the oats, almonds and brown sugar to the reserved flour mixture and add cold butter, combining with your fingers. Sprinkle on top of the cherry mixture and bake for about 25 minutes.
The final result is a shortbread crust with a chunky filling topped with a crunchy streusel so many great things in one dessert bar. Cherry streusel bars would be great for a bake sale, brunch or tea, a no fail dessert that you can put together in just a few minutes.
More CHERRY recipes
- Cherry crinkle cookies have both dried cherries and cherry preserves
- Use fresh or frozen cherries in a Clafoutis
- Mix cherries with raspberries in yummy coffee cake
- Go savory and add them to pork tenderloin
Looking for more HOLIDAY desserts
- Sprinkle cookies are so festive
- If you like peppermint, then try this easy peppermint fudge
- Add some holiday sprinkles to white chocolate chex mix
- Make brownies and add a peppermint frosting
- Combine two great desserts with carrot cake cheesecake bars
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Cherry Streusel Bars
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ⅔ cups sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 16 tablespoons butter chilled and cut into ½ inch pieces
- 2 cups frozen cherries slightly thawed
- ¾ cups (10 ounce) cherry preserves
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice ½ lemon
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup slivered almonds chopped
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter chilled and cut into ½ inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 375º, line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
- CRUST: In a food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt and process to combine. Add butter and pulse until butter is in small pieces, about 15 pulses. Transfer ¼ cup to a medium bowl to use for streusel. Place the rest in the bottom of the prepared pan and press into an even layer using the bottom of a measuring cup. Bake for 16-18 minutes until golden brown.
- FILLING: Add all ingredients to the food processor and pulse until combined but still a little chunky. Set aside.
- STREUSEL: Add oats, almonds and brown sugar to the reserved flour mixture. Add butter and use fingers to combine and forms into small clumps. Set aside.
- Add cherry mixture to baked crust, it can still be hot. Then sprinkle streusel over the top, don’t press it in. Bake until filling is bubbling and streusel is golden brown, 24-28 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack. When cool, remove from pan and cut into 24 bars.