When I was growing up, my mom would occasionally make homemade pie. And quite often, she would make one cherry and one apple. My favorite was the cherry pie. I loved the taste of that bright red cherry filling. It was sweet, tart, and juicy. My mom would also sprinkle sugar over the top of the pie crust before baking it creating a sweet sugary sheen to the pie.
I was thrilled to discover a simple way of making cherry pie bars using a pouch of sugar cookie mix. Now, I can get my cherry pie fix in a jiffy with these easy cherry pie sugar cookie bars. The sugar cookie makes an amazing crust which is reminiscent of the sugary sheen on my moms pie. You just use a sugar cookie mix for make the crust. The other secret is to add a little almond extract to the can of cherry pie filling. It really ups the flavor.
I made these bars for a neighborhood gathering and they were a hit. Most definitely a recipe to keep in my arsenal of easy sweet treats that are impressive enough for guests.
- SUGAR COOKIE MIX (I USED BETTY CROCKER)
- ALMOND EXTRACT
- CHERRY PIE FILLING
Recipe adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom.