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Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars

So the other day I got a text from my sister-in-law saying, “Family dinner at our house Sunday. Will you bring a dessert?”

Sure! I love dessert.

Cherries and Cream dessert bar

Sunday morning rolls around and I think, Oh man! That’s tonight! What am I going to make? So I do what any normal woman would do.

I pull up my dessert board on Pinterest.

Cherries and Cream

Of course it’s chalk full of amazing treats that I want to eat right now. Seriously. Right now. But I scrolled through until I found a few ideas, and then I let my imagination carry me away.

And where did it take me?

To Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars.

Delicious Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars

It’s a mix of this recipe that I found on Pinterest, and this recipe that I posted not too long ago.

And thus Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars were born.

 

Yield:

Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars

Cherries and Cream Dessert Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 can Cherry Pie filling (or double this recipe)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9x13" pan and set aside.
  3. Mix together cake mix and butter until it forms a uniform crumbly mixture.
  4. Set aside 1 cup of this mixture to use as a topping later.
  5. Mix in the egg and press mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Spread cherries on top of the baked crust
  8. Cream together cream cheese, remaining egg, sugar and vanilla until creamy.
  9. Spread cream cheese mixture over cherry pie filling.
  10. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the top.
  11. Bake for 30-34 minutes or until edges of top begin to lightly brown.
  12. Allow to cool then refrigerate before serving.

 

I didn’t have cherry pie filling, but I did have sour cherries in my freezer! (Remember this post?) So I whipped up a double batch of the cherry sauce and it turned out amazing.

Cherry Pie filling

The dessert bars were a definite success. Most of my family was taking seconds. Or thirds. Fourths and fifths were also claimed. And my niece sat down in front of the pan with a fork and had her way with the dessert bars.

Have a bite! Cherries and Cream dessert bars

 

That’s definitely what I like to see when I bring dessert to the table. Do you have a favorite recipe that’s always a winner?

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