This is a quick and easy great tasting bar dessert. If you can't find cherry pie filling, apricot also works well.
This is a similar recipe to the one my family has been making for years. Our recipe calls for three cups of flour and 1 cup of sugar and an added tsp of almond extract. Other wise the rest of the ingredients are exactly the same. What we've always done is this, we bake it in a jelly roll pan, which is about 10.5 by 15.5 inches, a little larger than a 9x13 pan. Also we don't even try to cover the top of the cherrie pie filling completely, but spread the remaining batter around in a sort of blotchy, swirly pattern so that some cherries are covered and some aren't. The batter spreads even more as the bars bake. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Then we sprinkle on powdered sugar after the cake has cooled. Makes a very pretty and tasty cake dessert. - 24 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
These are delicious, but I agree that 40 minute cook time isn't enough in a 9 x 13 pan, and that they are a little too "cake-like" for my taste. After discovering that, I made it again, only in the cookie sheet I normally use for bars. Way better, not mushy after 40 minutes, and definately a BAR. The topping doesn't cover well at all however, next time I may increase the recipe just a little to have more for the top. I also sprinkled powdered sugar over the top after baking, it looked amazing, all white and red, perfect for the holidays! Yummy! - 22 Dec 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This was easy and very, very delicious. I wouldn't mind cutting the recipe in half next time. It makes a lot... - 23 Jul 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)