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Chocolate Cherry Bars

With just 4 ingredients, Chocolate Cherry Bars are super simple to make!Chocolate-Cherry-Bars-With-Milk

Let me just say that this is hands down my favorite recipe so far in this baking project. Not only are these Chocolate Cherry Bars delicious, they are super easy to make too. It’s a win win situation! Chocolate Cherry Bars was 1 of 2 winners at the 25th Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1974. Recipe on Pillsbury.com by Francis I. Jerzak of Porter, Minnesota.


Here’s all you need to prepare the bars. Only 4 ingredients. Sweet!


For the bars, simply mix together the 4 ingredients and bake. The icing is also just 4 ingredients (sugar, milk, butter, and chocolate chips) which you melt in a pan on the stove.


Frost the bars and try not to eat the whole pan!


These Chocolate Cherry Bars are so moist with a lovely cherry flavor. Who doesn’t love chocolate and cherries together! This one is a winner indeed!

Chocolate Cherry Bars


  • Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury®
  • For the cake
  • 1 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme™ Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 (6-oz.) pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15x10x1-inch baking pan or 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, combine all cake bar ingredients; stir until well blended. Pour into greased and floured pan.
  2. Bake at 350°F. until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For 15x10x1-inch pan, bake 20 to 30 minutes; for 13x9-inch pan, bake 25 to 35 minutes.
  3. In small saucepan, combine sugar, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Pour and spread over warm bars. Cool 1 1/4 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.

Chocolate Cherry Bars

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14 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Bars

  1. Jessica says:

    My mom has been making this for years and years, she calls it “coal miners cake”

  2. martha chamberlain says:

    so easy and so good !

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  5. Angie says:

    can these be made just as well as cupcakes?

  6. J K says:

    What are “cake bars?” I don’t understand this ingredient. Thanks!

    • Jolene says:

      The way it looks is confusing. I think “cake bars” should be underlined and the 4 ingredients under it are the ingredients of cake bars. Then the “frosting” ingredients are listed next.

  7. Lise Ode says:

    It’s like a sheet cake, cut into squares. I don’t think it would work as cupcakes.

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  11. Roxann says:

    Have made this several times. Once I didn’t even make the frosting, just had the cake. It’s really, really good.

  12. I’ll have try that, Roxann! 🙂

  13. Mandie says:

    Made 3 different batches of these for neighbor Christmas gifts. Delicious!
    Be sure and use the Lucky Brand pie filling though. I used another pie filling on the first batch and the bars didn’t taste as rich as when I used the Lucky cherry filling on the subsequent batches.
    I also think they get better on the second and third day after baking them. They get more gooey and good!