Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil with cooking spray.
Pulse flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter cubes, and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup flour mixture. Press remaining flour mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Spread cherry pie filling over crust in pan. Toss together reserved 1 cup flour mixture and pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture evenly over filling.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles.
Stir together powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, and almond extract. Add additional milk, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over pecan mixture. Cut into 48 bars.
I made these for a small party. They were easy to prepare and everyone loved them! The next day they were a little too soft after sitting out over night. So, I put them in the refrigerator for a few hours and they firmed up. Then, I shared leftover bars with my neighbors and their families. I've received two thank you cards from them! They really enjoyed them!
These were delish! Because I only had 1/2C butter, I substituted 1C veg shortening + 2Tbsp water for 1C butter. Blind-baked it for 30 mins. Added my homemade cherry pie filling & the rest of the flour/nut mix on top. Baked for the max 45 mins. I let it cool overnight (since I tend to bake at night); the bottom crust was still very crisp. The crisp bottom held up at room temperature and in the fridge. These are easier eaten by hand, rather than using a fork.
I made these and took them to a football tailgate on a cool day. Everybody loved them but they were not something that could be eaten without a fork! Very sticky and messy. I think a single can of cherry pie filling would have been sufficient.
I made these exactly as written and they turned out remarkable and I received a lot of compliments. The held up well and could be eaten as a bar. I did refrigerate what was left that evening and they did very well. It did not take one and a half cans of cherry pie mix as the brand I bought was a 21 ounce can. Will definitely make these again.