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sour cherry bars

Sour cherry bars (a very easy tart recipe)

The Saporito
These sour cherry bars are a love for life! Crispy shortbread pastry, pleasant lemon notes, and rich sour cherry jam filling.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Servings 12
Calories 340 kcal


  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp (200 g) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 16 Tbsp (400 g) thick cherry jam


  • Melt the butter, add sugar immediately and mix well. Allow cooling slightly.
  • Then add 2 eggs and grated zest to the butter and mix again.
  • Add flour, baking powder and knead a soft dough
  • Put 1/3 of the dough in the freezer (we’ll need it later to put on top of the tart)
  • Place the remaining 2/3 of the dough in a baking dish (you can roll it or just press with your fingers so that the dough fills the entire baking dish and its sides)
  • Spread the jam over the top
  • Now take the pastry from the freezer and grate it over the top of the jam. Use a thick grater.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350F) and bake the tart for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Wait until it cools down, cut into bars or squares.


If you are a happy digital kitchen scale owner, I highly recommend using it instead of cups and spoons. Especially when it comes to baking recipes. A scale gives you far more accurate results than volume measurements (everyone scoops ingredients differently). Trust me, using a kitchen scale to measure ingredients will take your baking to a new level.