Easy Cherry Holiday Squares

Unbelievably easy recipe for a pretty, super yummy and festive holiday dessert loaded with cherry pie filling. These  Easy Cherry Holiday Squares or Bars are perfect to make for that last-minute holiday baking. Serves a crowd!

It’s Christmas baking season once again and for me it’s all about looking for easy and festive recipes that pack a lot of flavors but without much fuss! After all, with all the busy-ness of the holidays which involve holiday shopping, meetings with family and friends, more errands here and there, I hardly have enough time to make yummy holiday-themed food! So what do I do?

Thankfully, I found (or more accurately, it was kindly given to me) this super delightful recipe that perfectly meets my holiday baking needs (both for blogging and for my tastebuds!). It’s an unbelievably easy (practically, no-fail) recipe that presents beautifully and is totally yummy. I am indebted to a very dear lady from our church, Patty Owen, for this fabulous recipe. She kindly shared with me her mom’s Easy Cherry Holiday Squares. As you can see in the photos, it’s a clear holiday winner!

What I love about this recipe is that it can feed a crowd so it’s perfect for any holiday gathering. It’s also so versatile as you can choose to use your favorite pie filling depending on what strikes your fancy or depending on the season or the holiday you are celebrating! A blueberry pie filling would be great for the 4th of July while for Christmas, I think the cherry pie version is very apt! Don’t you agree?

Simply sprinkle with some icing sugar before serving and it becomes an even prettier dessert that everyone would be impressed with! Enjoy for Christmas!

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Easy Cherry Holiday Squares

Unbelievably easy recipe for a pretty, super yummy and festive holiday dessert loaded with cherry pie filling. These Cherry Holiday Squares or Bars are perfect to make for that last-minute holiday baking. Serves a crowd!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Holiday Bars, Cherry Holiday Recipe, Cherry Holiday Squares, Easy Cherry Bars, Easy Cherry Holiday Squares
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 24 Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (could lessen to 1 1/4 cups though the original recipe calls for 1.5 cups)
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling or your favorite pie filling
  • Confectioners sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or lightly brush a 15-by-10-inch jellyroll pan with butter.


  2. Cream the butter and sugar for 5 minutes or until light, fluffy and smooth. Using medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the lemon extract. Reduce the speed to low then slowly add flour and mix just until combined.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula. Mark off about 20-24 equal squares using a butter knife. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of cherry pie filling in the center of each square. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.

  4. Slice the squares while still warm. Once cooled, lightly sprinkle with confectioners or icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea!

Recipe Notes

I think the original recipe is a tad sweet for my liking because there's a lot of sugar and the cherry pie filling is also sweet. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking.

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14 Comments

  1. December 3, 2019 / 11:25 am

    5 stars
    What a beautiful classy dessert! I’m so excited to make this on Christmas day. Thank you so much for sharing this special holiday recipe.

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      You’re welcome!

  2. Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    December 3, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    I tried your recipe last night and loved it! Can’t wait to make it again!

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      So glad you liked it! Thank you!

  3. Renee Goerger
    December 3, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    Not only are these utterly delicious, I just love the way they look!

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      I find these quite pretty as well and so yummy, too. Thanks!

  4. Suzy
    December 3, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    Really love how easy this is to make! the family LOVES anything cherry and will definitely feed our crowd!

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      Easy-peasy indeed! Thank you!

  5. Nancy
    December 3, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    We have a big crowd coming for Christmas and this will be perfect to serve to them! I love how simple the ingredient list is!

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      Yes, this is indeed perfect for a crowd! Thank you!

  6. Dannii
    December 3, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    I love any kind of cherry dessert. I will be trying this for sure.

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you!

  7. December 3, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe for Christmas! Would it work to make with fresh cherries?

    • abigail
      Author
      December 3, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      If you can get fresh cherries during Christmas, I don’t see why not. Though for a more striking reddish glow for the holidays, I would, personally prefer bottled maraschino cherries. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy.

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