My mom and I made these kuchen cherry bars last week (yes, it was a joint effort!) After finding the recipe in a holiday baking edition of Better Homes and Gardens. You may have seen this recipe called cherry pie bars on other blogs or on Pinterest. Yes, it's probably the same delicious recipe!
When I think of cherries, I am transported to my childhood. My grandpa was a big fan of cherry pies, in fact, I'm almost sure he almost always had a half eaten cherry pie in his kitchen!
I grew up developing my own taste for cherry desserts, and this kuchen cherry bar recipe is absolutely at the top of my list of must-have cherry candies. Not only do these kuchen cherry bars taste heavenly, but they are also beautiful. Just look.
Kuchen Cherry Bars Recipe
You know, there are times when you try a recipe from a magazine and the end result looks like NOTHING like the oh-so-perfect photo on the printed page, but it wasn't one of time.
Our version of the kuchen cherry bars was as beautiful as the magazine photos and that is why I am confident that yours will also be worthy of an image.
In fact, I think this is one of my favorite things about these delicious bars – they look as impressive as their taste. If you want to serve a delicious dessert that will make your guests say WOW, these kuchen cherry bars are for you.
The kuchen cherry bars (kuchen is the German word for cake, by the way) turned out to be moist and fluffy with a little crunch on the edges. These cherry pie bars are sweet, but not too sweet. Honestly, I usually have to send them to work with my husband when I do them for fear of eating half the pan while he's at work and the kids are at school.
I wanted to point out that although the recipe indicates a yield of 32 bars, we did not get as much out of the mold. We ended up cutting much larger pieces and only had 24 bars.
Of course, if you're not a fan of cherries, you can easily replace your favorite pie filling.
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I would also like to try this same recipe with blackberries.
How would it be beautiful?
Be sure to grab the recipe for these incredibly good cherry kuchen bars below.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 ¾ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 box of 21 ounces of cherry pie filling (or replace your favorite)
Powdered sugar glaze:
1 ½ cup caster sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (make a consistency of fillet)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until everything is combined, scraping the side of the bowl from time to time. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until they are combined. Beat as much flour as possible with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining flour. Reserve 1 ½ cups of dough. Press the remaining dough onto the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.
Bake for 12 minutes. Remove and spread the pie filling over the crust in the pan. Place the reserved dough in small mounds on the pie filling.
Bake an additional 30 minutes or until the top is light brown. Let cool in a pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing. Cut and serve.
Slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.