Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

You’re just four ingredients away from these delicious Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars! So simple to make and so much better than cherry pie, these bars are sure to become a family favorite.

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You're just four ingredients away from these delicious Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars! |


Crumble bars are one of my very favorite desserts to make. And to eat :) They are super simple and take just minutes to pull together.  This particular recipe is a variation of one I have been making since I was about 8 years old.  These bars were frequently requested by my siblings and there are so many reasons why.

First of all, these bars require four ingredients. FOUR! With 5 kids, my mom always kept the pantry well stocked and we could always find the ingredients needed.  The crumble base and topping is made with yellow cake mix, butter, and oats.  The filling is totally up to you!

We usually made Blackberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars growing up but would happily substitute in any flavor of jam or preserves we had on hand.

You're just four ingredients away from these delicious Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars! |

Awhile back I started thinking what other flavors would be good in these bars and cherry immediately jumped to mind.  I used a can of cherry pie filling in place of the jam and! I may never make cherry pie again!

These bars are pure heaven warm OR cold.  When you pull the baking dish out of the oven, wait just a few minutes and then scoop out a spoonful right from the corner – no one will EVER know :)

These bars would be great served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream but are amazing on their own.  Reece and Bryce were instant fans.  I don’t care to count how many they ate before I packaged them up with my husband to take to work.

You're just four ingredients away from these delicious Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars! |

Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars will definitely be making a frequent appearance (and quickly disappearing) in our home. I hope you give them a try!


Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
You're just four ingredients away from these delicious Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars! So simple to make and so much better than cherry pie, these are sure to become a family favorite.
Serves: 24 bars
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2½ cups quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cups butter, melted
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray.
  3. Mix cake mix and oats in a large bowl.
  4. Add melted butter, stir until crumbly.
  5. Press down half the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan.
  6. Carefully spread cherry pie filling over the crumb crust.
  7. Spread remaining crumbs over preserves and press down gently.
  8. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until very lightly golden brown.
  9. Eat warm or cool, cut into bars, and serve.

More fantastic cherry recipes!


Cherry Fluff


Cherry Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies


Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream


Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars


Cherry Italian Cream Sodas 

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  1. Crumble bars seriously make me weak in the knees!! These look incredible— I’m SO into cherry these days :) Pinned!
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  2. Only 4 Ingredients?! Sign me up! Pinned and sharing on FB!
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  3. Oh, so happy you posted these. I have been craving a fruit crumble bar and these look awesome. I’m totally making these this weekend while my in-laws are here.
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  4. Pinned! These look amazing, Trish! My boys will gobble them up, too. Plus, you can’t beat such a simple recipe!

  5. I think I just found my new favorite fruit dessert – and hello SO easy!
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  6. Oh I just saw these on Twitter before I hoped on my computer. Love it! Oatmeal crumb anything is pretty fine by me.
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  7. Yum! I love an easy dessert bar! And crumble bars are delicious!
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  8. I just love easy desserts that contain fruit and a crumble! This looks irresistible, Trish!
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  9. Oh All the yummy Cherry dishes you make!!! I am totally pinning this!
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  10. These are so pretty and I bet they taste awesome too. I’m finally turning into a cherry fan. Simplicity in these bars has caught my attention!
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  11. Seriously?! Um. Heaven, indeed!! I think I’d eat them warm! YUM! And they’re beautiful!!!
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  12. I just love your oat bars, Trish! This one sounds just as delicious all the others :)
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  13. 4 ingredients?!?! Ahhh I can make these right now!!
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  14. I can’t believe you made something this delicious using only 4 ingredients. Crumble bars are one of my favorites and yours look incredibly scrumptious. So yummy!

  15. STUNNING! Love these so much.
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  16. These look simple and delicious! My favorite kind of dessert! And I’m thinking they could also be yummy with blueberry pie filling?! :)
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  17. 4 ingredients… really…Have I told you how much I love you? These are my favorite kind of desserts, simple and so tasty and versatile. How can it not be a win!!! Can’t wait to try this Trish! Pinned it. :)

  18. I adore oatmeal crumble bars! These are so much easier with the cake mix…I love it!!!
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  19. Delicious!! YUM!

  20. Cherry Italian Creme Soda… oh yeah! That sounds divine! I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

  21. woah, so yummy! my mom made something similar growing up with raspberries but i’m a much bigger fan of cherries! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed last week! featuring you on the blog tomorrow. Hope to see you back! xoxo
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  22. These look so good! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at The Pin Junkie. It was featured at this week’s party. Please stop by to grab a featured button and share another one of your fantastic recipes!
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  23. Shelley says:

    small or large can of fruit filling?

  24. My husband is diabetic and I’m always looking for a desert recipe that I can adapt for him. This is just the one! I substituted sugar free yellow cake mix and used “no sugar added” pie fillings. I’ve made cherry, blueberry and apple variations. We love them all! I also added almonds to the cherry and blueberry and pecans to the apple, because we really like nuts. Thank you so much Trish for this incredible recipe. By the way, it never ends up being bars…I pack the crumble rather loosely (top and bottom) and we just scoop out spoonfuls into a bowl! Imagine adding ice cream on top! Thanks again!!!

  25. Hi Trish,
    Do I first make the yellow cake mix then add the oatmeal or just the cake mix in itself (without the veggie oil and eggs)

  26. I just threw a pan of these in the oven, but with a black forest kind of twist! I used a chocolate fudge cake mix which made weak with delight as I sampled the crumb mix. I going to serve after dinner this evening, with a dollop of whipped topping. YUM!

  27. Do these freeze well? I want to make them a few days before I need them but want then to be fresh.

  28. Do you think you could use this for date nut squares? Do you have any suggestions for the filling?

  29. Made these. They were great.

  30. Elaine Leadem says:

    can I use just old fashioned oats – not the quick cooking oats?

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