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Cherry Almond Squares

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Cherry Almond Squares

Part cherry pie, part coffee cake, altogether amazing and ready in under an hour.

Part cherry pie, part coffee cake. Elegant and easy.  A time saver for when you have to feed a crowd, that’s the best way to describe these Cherry Almond Squares.

Cherry Almond Squares

Well there’s no denying that we are heading into the holiday swing. For many of us, that means lots of family gatherings, carry in dinners, holiday programs and open houses. You know, along with all your other responsibilities. It’s a busy, busy time. Now more than ever, the kitchen is the heart of my home.

Cherry Almond Squares

Let me ask you this, have you ever been so busy with the preparation of a holiday meal, making sure that everything is just right and everyone is taken care of that by the time you get to make your own plate, everything is picked over? Especially those pies and cakes. Come on now, I’ve seen stampedes to the dessert table more than once. To be honest, sometimes I’m the stampeder. My brother and I have gotten into throwdowns over the last piece of something…as adults.  (I’m a scrappy fighter, but he’s twice my size and half my age.)

These Cherry Almond Squares are perfect for this time of year because:

  1. They’re beautiful and festive.
  2. Make a batch large enough for big family dinners or potlucks.
  3. Only take about 35 minutes.
  4. Rely mostly on inexpensive pantry ingredients.

Cherry Almond Squares

These squares start off with a plain old white cake mix, but thanks to the addition of one whole cup of sour cream in the recipe no one will ever be able to tell of their humble beginnings. Tender and moist sour cream cake topped with cherries, sliced almonds and a sweet almond glaze. Part coffee cake, part cherry pie, altogether awesome. You also won’t want to miss new flavor variations I’ve added to the blog of this recipe: Raspberry Cream Cheese and Lemon Poppy Seed Blueberry. Now, I’m not guaranteeing there will be no squabbles over these Cherry Almond Squares because my husband and brother in law took it upon themselves to see who could eat the most. But that’s a lot better squabble than fighting for the last piece of pie, right? 

Cherry Almond Squares

Cherry Almond Squares

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These easy and elegant cherry almond squares come together in a snap and make enough for a crowd.


  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously grease and flour a half-sheet pan.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sour cream, water, and eggs. Stir in the cake mix until moistened. The batter will remain slightly lumpy.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the jelly roll pan.
  5. Drop the pie filling by spoonfuls over the batter, trying to evenly disperse the cherries throughout the batter.
  6. Bake until the cake springs back when touched lightly 25-30 minutes.
  7. Cool on a baking rack.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the confectioners sugar, softened butter and almond extract. Beat well. Add in the milk starting with 2 Tablespoons, adding more if necessary until the glaze reaches the desired consistency.
  9. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and drizzle with glaze.


When choosing a pie filling, the "more fruit" varieties are best for this recipe.

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Cherry Almond Squares, this quick and easy dessert will feed a crowd and is so simple to make.


Friday 13th of November 2020

Amy, this turned out perfect. I appreciate your answering when there is a question. And it seems to make one 11 x 17 or two 9x13 or 3 or four 8x8's if you wanted to give away. Love the taste and the look and used Berry Medley.

Donna Q

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Can it be baked in a 13 x 9 pan?? A bit thicker....

Amy D

Monday 25th of March 2019

Hi Donna,

I've never tried this before. The bake times would be completely different if you wanted to make this in a 9 x 13 pan, so you'd need to watch that closely. And yes, it would be thicker and have more of a layered look than the danish type look than it does when baked in a sheet pan. Please let me know how it goes for you!

Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Love this recipe! It reminds me so much of a recipe that my mom used to make every holiday season--and funnily enough she just sent me the recipe yesterday! Great minds think alike. :o)

Jennifer Stewart

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I am definitely a dessert stampeder! I love almond and cherries for sure so I would lead the pack to the dessert table! I might make this and not share with anyone. Or I might have to make two and keep one hidden for myself!

Amy D

Saturday 21st of November 2015

Love it, Jennifer! Birds of a feather we must be! Not only are we both stampeders, but I've totally kept my sweets hidden also. :)

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

This is beautiful! Love the cherries-almonds-sour cream combo!

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