Cherry Pie Crumb Bars #SundaySupper

Grab the taste of cherry pie in the perfect pack up and go form of Cherry Pie Crumb Bars! Fantastic for picnics and summer celebrations. 

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

It’s officially summer and all the best fruit is finally in season. I wait all year long for the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, peaches, nectarines, plums. Seriously everything, all the amazing fruit, but out of that list the best fruit – the one that really takes the cake  err pie of the season.

The cherries.

Little delicious fruity sweet or sour orbs of pure enjoyment.  Give me a bag of cherries to snack on and don’t expect to get any back.

Lucky for me I just returned from 5 days of cherry heaven, where I’m pretty sure I managed to eat my weight in them.  A quick trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit my in-laws at the end of June meant roadside cherry stands everywhere you turned.   When my mother-in-law asked what she wanted to buy us to eat, I just said cherries.

What kind she asked? Them all.

You see, rainier cherries, aka the white ones are hard to find on the east coast and when you do get them they are expensive.   Out there, 8 bucks for big ol’bucket where I piled into a baggie to take home on the plane!

Rainier Cherries from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars from The Girl In The Little Red KItchen

Now let me tell you, it took a lot of restraint from the day we got home until the day I made these Cherry Pie Crumble Bars to keep my hand out of the cherry bag.   The wait though was so worth it for this sweet cherry filling with shortbread crust and brown sugar and oat filled crumble topping.

Since #SundaySupper is going on a big virtual picnic to get ready for the 4th of July and Canada Day these bars are just perfect.   Pie is fun for a party but a bit messy when you are sitting on the ground getting ready to watch some fireworks.  Instead you have a perfectly portioned and hand held dessert, although I still wouldn’t complain if someone top it with a scoop of ice cream!

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars
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    For the crust:
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick - 8 tablespoons) unsalted, European style butter
  • For the filling:
  • 3 heaping cups rainier or bing cherries (or use a mix), pitted
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • For the crumb topping:
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x8 square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, mix in the butter until thoroughly combined - you want the dough to look like small pebbles.
  3. Pour the dough into your prepared baking dish and pat down in an even layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges begin to turn light brown.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the pitted cherries and sugar. Let sit for 15 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch and sit for another 10 minutes. Add the vanilla bean paste.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the cherries from the bowl, leaving the excess juice in the bowl and add to the cooked crust. Spread in an even layer.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the dark brown sugar, white sugar, flour, oats and melted butter. Use your hands to form the crumb topping and form clumps on top of the cherries. If you want a thinner crumb topping, just add it all on top without clumping together.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove and let cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into 9 squares.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Type: Dessert

Cherry Pie Crumb Bars from The Girl In The Little Red KItchen

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43 thoughts on “Cherry Pie Crumb Bars #SundaySupper

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  15. Laura Dembowski

    Love that you made these with both bing and rainier cherries! And don’t knock cherry cake – cherries are fab in cake! Michigan, where I live, is quite the cherry mecca too. You should take a visit to Traverse City one July for the cherry festival. It sounds like you would love it.

  16. Courtney @ Neighborfood

    I SO wish I had a stack of these in the house right now. Pie in portable form? I can’t think of a more perfect picnic treat. And I’m seriously jealous you were able to get all those rainier cherries. Such a luxury!

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  18. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

    Oh we have cherries all over the place here in Washington right now! I wish my bf liked them. I want to make these bars so bad but I am afraid I will eat them all LOL maybe the neighbors would like a treat?

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  20. Shaina

    I am SO glad cherries are in season and not a bajillion dollars every time I go to the store. They’re my favorite!! These bars wouldn’t last a second in my house, especially with that crumb topping.

  21. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    I was JUST talking about Rainier cherries at the salon today! I’m not sure I’ve ever had one, but I’m like you: all kinds of cherries, as much as I can get, just put ’em in my mouth.

    These are lovely, friend. While I’m now scared to make anything that involves the words “cherry pie,” I’m STILL thinking about giving these a shot this summer, with fresh Michigan cherries!

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