Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

GGB Cherry Bars

This recipe was created and baked by my fantastic baker sister, Micah! I can’t tell you all how delicious these bars are!! All the Cherry pie flavor you crave in the form of an easy, buttery crumb topped cookie bar! Just right for summer picnics and parties and last minute company too! You are sure to favorite this cherry sweet, Summertime dessert!
Yield:16 servings
Adapted from Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars from averiecooks.com

  • 2 cups butter (4sticks) softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS Vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 21ounce can Cherry Pie filling (you may also use Blueberry or Apple Pie filling as well!)Directions:
    1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease one 9X13 inch pan with butter. Set aside.
    2) Combine Butter and sugars. Add Vanilla. Mix in Flour just until combined.
    3) Press 1/3 of mixture into 9X13 pan to create bottom crust. Set aside remaining dough in refrigerator. Bake crust for 20 minutes.
    4) Remove crust from oven. Spread pie filling over crust. Remove remaining dough from fridge and Sprinkle all over the top to create a buttery crumb topping.
    5) Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6) Drizzle Nutella over the top and/or glaze if desired or dust with powdered sugar. Serve with ice cream and a cherry on top!
    7) Enjoy!

GGB CHERRY BARS 1

GGB Cherry Bars 2

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I have seen these bars on so many blogs and food magazines that I had to give them try!  Everyone loved them and asked that I make them again… really soon ! I decided to try Paula Deen’s recipe  and the only change I made to the original recipe was homemade caramel sauce instead of store bought caramel topping!

Original Recipe Yield 12-14 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Streusel topping, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.
  5. Enjoy

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.