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Cherry Kuchen Bars {AKA Cherry Pie Bars!}

My mom and I made these cherry kuchen bars last week (yes, it was a joint effort!) after finding the recipe in an older holiday cookie magazine put out by Better Homes and Gardens last Christmas.

When I think of cherries, I’m transported to my childhood. My grandpa was a huge fan of cherry pies, in fact, I’m pretty sure he almost always had a half-eaten cherry pie in his kitchen!

I grew to develop my own taste for cherry desserts, and this cherry kuchen bars recipe is absolutely at the top of my cherry sweets must-have list. Not only do these cherry kuchen bars taste heavenly, they are also drop dead gorgeous. Just… look.

Cherry Kuchen Bars

Cherry kuchen bars

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

You know, there are times when you try a recipe from a magazine and the end result looks NOTHING like the oh-so-perfect photo on the printed page, but this was not one of times.

Our version of the cherry kuchen bars looked every bit as beautiful as the magazine photos!

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

Actually, I think that’s one of my favorite things about these delicious bars—they look as impressive as they taste. If you want to serve a delicious dessert that will make your guests say WOW, these cherry kuchen bars are for you.

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

The cherry kuchen (kuchen is the German word for cake, by the way) bars turned out moist, chewy with a little crisp around the edges and sweet but not too sweet.

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

I did want to note that while the recipe states a 32 bar yield, we did not get that many out of the pan. We ended up cutting much larger pieces and had only 24 bars.

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

Of course, if you’re not a fan of cherries you could easily substitute your favorite pie filling!

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

I would love to try this same recipe with blackberries.

How beautiful would that be?

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

Be sure to grab the recipe for these outrageously good cherry kuchen bars below.

Cherry Kuchen Bars - These delicious cherry kuchen bars (sometimes called cherry pie bars) are flaky, sweet and completely delicious! This is one of the top 5 recipes of all time on my blog!

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Cherry kuchen bars recipe

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 42 minutes

Total Time: approx 1 hr.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling (or substitute your favorite)

Powdered Sugar Icing:

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (make a drizzle consistency)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Reserve 1 ½ cups of the dough. Press the remaining dough on to the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove, then spread pie filling over crust in pan. Spoon reserved dough into small mounds over pie filling.
  3. Bake an additional 30 minutes or until top is light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing. Cut and serve.

Slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

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  1. Madeline Fuhriman — August 27, 2013 @ 11:45 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! Those look so beautiful and delicious. I will have to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Lauralee Hensley — August 27, 2013 @ 7:32 pm (#)

    Definitely printed this out. Thanks for the print feature.

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  3. ginette4 — August 28, 2013 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    Wow these look so good, pinning and making these on my next baking day, thank you

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  4. Micheley66 — September 20, 2013 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    This looks so Yum,yum,Yummy! Who doesn’t like cherries!!Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Betty Baez — September 23, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#)

    WOW they look amazing!!! Im actualy surprised by the simple list of ingredients and directions…I have to try this for the holidays im sure there will be plenty of compliments!

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  6. Laurie@Foodslove — September 24, 2013 @ 12:08 am (#)

    Fantastic! They really are Gorgeous! They are a Must try!

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  7. courtney — September 25, 2013 @ 1:49 am (#)

    I think they might even look better than the magazine.. even tastier too ;-)

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  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 26, 2013 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    Gorgeous bars! And with that glaze? Perfection.

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  9. Jenn @TheRebelChick — October 12, 2013 @ 11:23 pm (#)

    Those look AMAZING! I’m a huge fan of cherry pie and like to make little cherry pocket pies. I have to try your recipe!

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  10. Bex — November 12, 2013 @ 6:37 am (#)

    Wow!! Those look delicious!!! Do you think there is anything that can be substituted for the shortening, since we generally don’t keep it in the house? We do keep lard. Do you think that would work?

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  11. breanna h — November 19, 2013 @ 12:50 am (#)

    Do you know what the cook time would be if I used a 13 x 9 cake pan? We can’t find a 15 x 10 x 1 anywhere and we want to make these for Thanksgiving.

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    • Leah — November 25th, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

      I just made these in a 9×13″ pan, as I too did not have the 15×10″ pan. I baked them the first time as directed 12 minutes, then the last part 35 minutes. They do seem just slightly overdone and a bit dry, so next time I may just use the same time as written.
      And, needless to say, they are spectacular! I added some almond extract to the cake batter too, simply because I adore almond. This is a keeper and oh so pretty!

  12. Maureen Chapman — December 5, 2013 @ 12:49 am (#)

    I just made these…delish!! Unfortunately no pics, though!

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  13. Chelsea — December 6, 2013 @ 9:03 am (#)

    I’m wondering how you got your glaze to be so white. My was clear. Did I add too much milk?

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  14. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — December 9, 2013 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    Gorgeous bars. I would definitely say that these are magazine-quality. So pretty with the bright red cherries peeking out! I’ll bet they taste even better than they look!

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  15. Cindy — December 11, 2013 @ 7:20 am (#)

    I used to make a bar similar to this one that was one of my go to recipes but sadly I lost the recipe several years ago. I would also make them with apple pie filling in the fall and sometimes blueberry.
    I can’t wait to give these a try.

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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!