A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust.

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Alright people. It’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with cherries! (?)

It’s not cherry season, I know. But, it’s always canned-cherry-pie-filling season! Right?!

I was at HomeGoods some few weeks ago, shopping around for things I don’t need, when in the corner of my eye I spotted a bag of chocolate covered cherries – I had to have them. I popped ‘em open just as soon as I opened my car door, and as I was popping them in my mouth and forgetting to come up for air, I suddenly had a craving for cherry pie. Go figure.

Thus, last week, during my timeout with the Flu, I decided that I was going to fight back this cold weather and prepare summery desserts and salads. As soon as I was able to part with the couch, I made a big bowl of my Avocado Feta Salsa¬†and stuffed my face until I couldn’t no more…

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The following day, I felt a boost of energy and raced to the kitchen to satisfy my craving for cherry pie by making myself a pan of these¬†Basil and Cherry Pie Crumble Bars. There are few things quite as spectacular as a pan of warm, bubbly, cherry pie bars. Soft, sweet, delicious… God bless it, it’s perfect! I like them quite a lot.

They are so simple. It’s your usual graham cracker crust tossed with ground hazelnuts, and a cherry pie filling mixed with basil. It really works. Trust me on this one.

Because the whole nutty graham cracker crust and topping was totally enough, I went ahead and sprinkled some more hazelnuts on top, just in case.

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Is it cool that I ate these straight from the pan? Without cutting them into bars?! Yeah…it had to be done.

Is it cool that I also made Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake?? It was good. Reaaaaal good!


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A delicious mixture of basil and cherry pie filling nestled between a sweet and nutty graham cracker crust.
Serves: Makes 9 to 12 Bars
For the Crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, ground
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Filling
  • 1 can (21-ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons freeze dried basil
  • orange zest of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Coat a 11x7 pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and ground hazelnuts; toss to combine.
  4. Add melted butter and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Remove ⅓ of mixture and set aside.
  6. Press the remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and set aside.
  9. Combine cherry pie filling, dried basil and orange zest in a mixing bowl; mix until thoroughly combined.
  10. Spread cherry pie mixture on top of graham cracker crust.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining graham crackers mixture over the top of the cherry mixture.
  12. Sprinkle the top with chopped hazelnuts.
  13. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  14. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.


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  1. Robin May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM - Reply

    Is freeze dried basil different from the dried basil you find in the spice aisle?

    • Katerina Petrovska May 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM - Reply

      Hi Robin! Freeze dried basil is slightly different as it promises a brighter, fresher taste. But you can also use the other dried basil.

  2. mjskit February 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM - Reply

    I need to run out and get the ingredients for this tomorrow! I want some! What a scrumptious crumble and I love the addition of the basil!

  3. katie February 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM - Reply

    YUM! This sounds divine. I love cherry pie and think I need a few of these bars in my life! Love the idea of adding basil!

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM - Reply

    Cherry pie crumble bars! You always make great treats. Thank you for introducing combining cherry with basil. What a nice and refreshing surprise! I can only think of savory dishes when I think of basil. =P I’m such an amateur when it comes to dessert. Thank you so much for including my cherry bars link – I am so flattered. <3

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 22, 2014 at 6:15 PM - Reply

    I would eat this straight from the pan too – how could I say no to basil, cherry, and a great crumble topping?!

  6. Liz February 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM - Reply

    I could eat all that topping in one sitting. Then when I’m done digesting, I’d go back for the yummy filling!!! xo

  7. Tina Muir February 22, 2014 at 6:32 AM - Reply

    Interesting to use basil in the dish, but I guess if strawberry or chocolate works with balsamic vinegar, why not basil and cherry! It looks and sounds good! I would love to give it a try, and I am at the point in my training cycle where I can indulge in things like this and not worry about having 1…2…..5 bars…..enjoy it while it lasts right? I can only be an elite athlete for so long :)

    • Katerina Petrovska February 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM - Reply

      Hi, Tina!! For as much as you run, I’d have the whole pan! :-D Hope you have a chance to try this – it’s delicious! :)

  8. A_Boleyn February 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM - Reply

    It looks good but I think I’ll stick to using my basil to make pesto with.

    • Katerina Petrovska February 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM - Reply

      LOL!!! :-) It’s really good, I promise. I use basil in strawberry salads and that’s how the idea came about when I was preparing this dessert.

  9. Carolyn February 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Love it. It’s like a cross between a fruit crisp and a bar. The best of both worlds!

  10. Rose February 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    I didn’t know you could use basil for this kind of dish! Great!

  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM - Reply

    Yes to this! Complete and utterly yes to this!

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