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!
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or lightly brush a 15-by-10-inch jellyroll pan with butter.
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.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly and smooth the top with a spatula. Mark off about 24 equal squares using a butter knife. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of cherry pie filling in the center of each square (about 3 cherries each). Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.
Slice the squares while still warm. Once cooled, lightly sprinkle with confectioners or icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea!
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.