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Cherry Kuchen Bars

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  • Makes: 32 bars
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Bake: 42 mins 350°F
  • Cool: 10 mins

Cherry Kuchen Bars

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing 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 sides 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 1/2 cups of the dough. Spread remaining dough in the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake for 12 minutes. Spread pie filling over crust in pan. Spoon reserved dough into small mounds on top of pie filling.
  3. Bake about 30 minutes more or until top is light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle top with Powdered Sugar Icing. Cool completely. Cut into bars to serve.

From the Test Kitchen

You may substitute your favorite flavor of pie filling for the cherry pie filling.

Powdered Sugar Icing

Directions

  1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla or almond extract, and enough milk to make a smooth icing of drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Cherry Kuchen Bars)

  • Per serving:
  • 189 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 27 mg chol.,
  • 84 mg sodium,
  • 31 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 17 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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237 Ratings
13 Days Ago
5.0
Perfect for Valentine's Day!
7 Days Ago
This is not a Kuchen. Kuchen is made from a yeast dough. Cherry is not a traditional kind. Apricot, Plum, plain are traditional kinds. This is just a Danish.

Teresa Riedlinger
59 Days Ago
Great recipe!
SparkleinSac . 96 Days Ago
I did not use canned pie filling, but I mixed tart canned cherries with a splash of lemon juice, drained it and mixed with light sugar and cornstarch and it was great - I don't like filing too sweet, so it worked.  Next time I will use frozen, slightly defrosted Bing cherries or other berries.
Kasia Olm 97 Days Ago
Absolutely amazing! I tried raspberry pie filling and one can is definitely enough to cover the crust with a good layer. I decreased second baking time to about 24 min and they came out perfect. the whole Family loved it! It will become our Thanksgiving tradition from now on.
Mike Morris 104 Days Ago
So what size pan did you use?  No size in recipe.  Not 9" x 13".!
Jane Greene 108 Days Ago
Simple and delicious.
Jacqueline Ford 113 Days Ago
ca you use jellied cranberry sauce?
Jacqueline Ford 113 Days Ago
Can you use cranberry sauce, I have several cans..
Ruth Ann Rousey 115 Days Ago
I made this today.  The recipe for the powdered sugar drizzle is inaccurate.  I think a smaller baking pan would work better.  The directions for spooning the dough into small pounds was a little vague and I was disappointed with the results.  If I make this again I will make changes.
Maureen Lindner 120 Days Ago
I am looking for a recipe that my grand daughter can help me make. She is 3 and has development challenges but LOVES helping. Do you think I could make the dough, bake the bottom and freeze the bottom and top dough? With that, she would be my assembler :-)
Missi Rolka 123 Days Ago
Can strawberries be substituted for the cherries?

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