Amish Oatmeal Cherry Bars with Crumb Topping

These Oatmeal cherry bars are made with only 7 ingredients and are super easy! The perfect bar for a last minute hosting event or get-together, and a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy. These oatmeal cherry bars are made with homemade cherry pie filling and an oatmeal cookie based crust that was inspired by a recipe from an Old Order Amish cookbook, hence the name “Amish oatmeal cherry bars.” The delicious bars are filled with a homemade cherry pie filling (or store bought in a pinch) and topped with a crumb topping. If you love desserts with oatmeal, you may also enjoy my Amish Oatmeal Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Revel Bars or Amish Oatmeal Rhubarb Bars with Crumb Topping.

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Amish oatmeal cherry bars with crumb topping

Amish Oatmeal Cherry Bars with Crumb Topping

marilynpeight
These 7 ingredient oatmeal cherry bars are super easy to put together and are perfect for a quick dessert anytime! The easy oatmeal cookie crust makes the best base and crumb topping for the sweet and tangy homemade cherry pie filling.
3.44 from 53 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 8 by 8 inch baking dish (linked below)
  • Parchment paper (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Large spoon (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups Cherry Pie Filling *see note

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

  • Combine the butter, brown sugar, oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl, mixing until only coarse crumbs remain.
  • Press all but 2/3 cup of the oatmeal crumbs into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 8 by 8 inch baking dish, ensuring no cracks remain. Spread the cherry pie filling over the oatmeal crumb base, then sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top.
  • Bake the oatmeal cherry bars for 30-40 minutes until the oatmeal topping is golden, filling is hot and the oatmeal cookie base has browned slightly.
  • Cool before cutting, then enjoy! *see below for storage.

Notes

You can use a pint of homemade cherry pie filling for this recipe, or 2-21 oz. cans of store bought pie filling. Just be sure to measure out two cups and save the remainder for another dish or discard. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Amish, Oatmeal Cherry Bars, Cherry Pie Filling, Crumb Topping,
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Equipment needed for these Amish Oatmeal Cherry Bars with Crumb Topping:

  • 8 by 8 inch baking dish You will need an 8 by 8 inch baking dish for the amount this recipe makes. Using a glass baking dish makes checking the sides and bottoms for doneness much easier.
  • Parchment paper I personally prefer to line my baking dish with parchment paper when baking bars. Parchment paper makes lifting the oatmeal cherry bars from the pan for cutting much easier!
  • Mixing bowl You will need a mixing bowl to combine the oatmeal crumb ingredients in. Stainless steel mixing bowls are my go-to for their sturdiness and durability.
  • Large spoon You will need a large spoon or spatula to work with the oatmeal cookie crumb base and topping.

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Ingredients needed for these Amish Oatmeal Cherry Bars with Crumb Topping: Cherry Pie Filling, rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and butter.

Can I use store bought cherry pie filling?

You certainly can use store bought filling, but I can definitely vouch for the taste of homemade cherry pie filling over store bought if you have local cherries available and want to make these Amish oatmeal bars extra special!

Step 1: Combine the softened butter, brown sugar, oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl, mixing until only coarse crumbs remain.

Step 2: Press all but 2/3 cup of the oatmeal crumbs into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 8 by 8 inch baking dish, ensuring no cracks remain. Spread the cherry pie filling over the oatmeal crumb base.

Step 2 continued: Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal crumbs evenly over top.

Step 3: Bake the oatmeal cherry bars for 30-40 minutes until the oatmeal topping is golden, filling is hot and the oatmeal cookie base has browned slightly.

Step 4: Cool before cutting and then serve and enjoy!

Storage for these Amish Oatmeal Cherry Bars: These oatmeal cherry bars can be left at room temperature for a day or two, but any longer they should be refrigerated in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap. These bars also freeze well and can be tightly wrapped or kept in an airtight container and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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