Quick and Easy Cherry Squares

OK – let’s imagine a scenario. You just remembered you promised to bring a dessert to a friend’s party – but you forgot all about it. You check in the cupboards… nothing there but a can of fruit pie filling. Let’s say it’s cherry. “Just great”, you think, “What am I gonna do with that?”

Easy answer – If you’ve also got flour, butter, eggs and sugar – which most of us usually have on hand – then you’re minutes away from putting the cherry (or blueberry etc.) fruit squares into the oven!

You’ll be beloved.  Everyone will ask for the recipe. Perhaps you’ll end on television, preparing these Quick and Easy Cherry Squares for your adoring public… OK – enough with the daydreaming. But I can guarantee you that these will be a big hit. And, if you have time to drop by a Quikie-Mart on the way to the party for vanilla ice cream or a can of whipped cream – then you’ll be even more beloved. Enjoy! 

++ You can use any canned fruit pie filling you wish, like blueberry or apple, if you prefer.

++ Oven at 350 F      Bake for 50 minutes     Can be served either warm or cold

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened   (Unwrap & microwave for 20 seconds.)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling  (Or blueberry etc.)

Grease and flour at 10″ x 13″ pan or casserole. (I like to use “Wilton’s Cake Release).
In a large bowl – using electric mixer – mix 2 sticks softened butter, 2 cups sugar and 4 eggs until well blended. (About a minute.) Add 3 cups flour,1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp. almond extract, and, again, mix until blended.

Spread about three-quarters of the batter in the pan. On top of the batter, spread the entire can of fruit pie filling.  ++ Be sure to put about 3/4s of the batter on the bottom of the pan – or – the middle may not cook properly!

Quick and Easy Cherry SquaresDrop large spoonfuls of the batter on top of the pie filling. (The spoonfuls of dough won’t cover the whole top – the fruit should peek through.) With your fingers, pat down the dough a bit to flatten it out.   Bake at 350 F for 50 – 55 minutes.   Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Cherry Squares - baked - fixedCherry Squares - Naomi's Photo

++  My friend Naomi recently made Quick and Easy Cherry Squares.  I think I’m gonna have some blogging competition if I don’t watch out!  

Great job Naomi – glad your & your husband enjoyed them!

6 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Cherry Squares

  1. Cecile, I made this recipe tonight!!! I used a blueberry-raspberry combination and sprinkled some sliced almonds on top…and now my husband and friends who were having soup and bread dinner with us think I’m a great cook! Great recipe! When I first clicked “like” on this, it looked and sounded so good that I wanted to try it. NOW I can testify that it really is delicious.

    • Marylin – I’m so happy to hear that you made the recipe and you all enjoyed it!! And I love the idea that you used the blueberry-raspberry combination and sprinkled some almonds on the top – I’m gonna do it that way next!!
      I have a male neighbor for whom I often bake “treats”. He liked these bars so much that he texted me about the sqaures both the day I gave them to him – and the next day when he finished them. He’s so very fussy that I felt I really had hit a “homerun” this time!!
      Again – thanks so much for commenting. I really haven’t received feedback – except friends – about the recipes I’ve posted, which makes me doubly happy to hear from you. You made my day!!!

  2. About the plates – I’ve had them ever since I got married – more than 40 years ago – and I still love them! (They used to be my “best” plates.) Over the years I’ve seen them several times in magazine shoots. About the squares – I shared them wih my super-fussy male neighbor and with one of my sons. Both guys really loved them, which made me happy! One last thought – the photos on your blog are always so beautiful, which made receiving a compliment from you extra special !! Thanks!!

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