Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars
Cherry Pie Crumb Bar

I love to bake and love to make desserts. I often bake as gifts, since I’d bake every day if I could. I really enjoy giving homemade gifts, and there are certain people in my life I know appreciate a treat. 🙂 I made these cherry pie crumb bars as a birthday gift for my step dad.

These bars could not be easier, but they are sweet, tart, buttery and delicious. Like making a cherry pie, but easier, and they ship much better too. The bottom crust and crumb topping are made from the same dough, which makes these a snap to make. You can either make fresh cherry jam filling for these, or you can use premade cherry jam. I have a jar of fantastic sour cherry jam from Michigan I have mentioned before (you can buy on amazon here), so I used that. My mom and step dad gave it to me as a gift, and using it in return in a gift seemed like a good way to thank them.

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars
Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

This recipe makes a 8 inch square cake pan amount of bars, which is about 9. You could easily double this and use 2 pans or a 13×9 pan for more bars. My kids are usually disappointed if I give away all of something I bake, so I made a 13×9 pan so we’d have some extra. They loved them, and asked that I make another batch just for us.

Once these are fully cooled, you can store these in the freezer. I put them in a single layer in a gallon ziploc bag and lay flat until fully frozen. Then you can stack them in a container, or just leave them in the ziploc.

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Sweet, tart, buttery cherry pie crumb bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 9 servings


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups cherry jam enough to cover the bottom dough


  • Preheat oven to 375. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment. Spray with oil or baker's joy.
  • Stir together the melted butter, vanilla and sugar. In another bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix the flour mixture into the butter gently with a fork until crumbs form. Do not overmix into a big ball.
  • Set aside 3/4 cup of the crumbs. Press the rest into the prepared pan. Top with the jam and spread evenly. Sprinkle the crumbs over the jam. Sprinkle a few tsps of sugar over the top of the crumbs if you like your desserts on the sweeter side. I left this off.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
  • Cool and cut into squares.
Keyword Dessert

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: