Irresistible Cherry Pie Bars! Also known as Cherry Kuchen Bars, these yummy slices combine cherry pie filling with a delicious crust and sweet glaze.
I was idly scrolling through my Instagram feed the other days and someone had posted a photo of cherry kuchen bars. Needless to say I immediately dropped everything to bake them!
After a little research I realized that Cherry Kuchen Bars was a recipe popularized by Better Homes and Gardens. While “Kuchen” means cake in German, this doesn’t appear to be a German recipe.
But in the end, whether you call this recipe Cherry Pie Bars, Cherry Bars, Cherry Slice, or Cherry Kuchen Bars, all that matters is that they are DELICIOUS!!
This is a great recipe that uses up cherry pie filling which I always seem to have tins of squirreled away.
But while a cherry pie is undeniably delicious, it is also a lot of work – these cherry bars are quicker, easier and just as yummy!
And I finally found a bake that EVERYONE in the family loves, picky kids and husband included! I am very impressed with how quickly we polished off the whole baking tray.
So do yourselves a favor and make these Cherry Pie Bars on the double. I am sure they will become one of your favorite recipes!
Here’s what you will need
- Unsalted Butter and Shortening
- Sugar (I used golden granulated)
- Baking powder and salt
- Almond extract
- Flour (all purpose / plain flour)
- Cherry pie filling – or your favorite pie filling
- Powdered sugar and lemon juice for the glaze
HOW TO MAKE CHERRY PIE BARS
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
Cream the butter and shortening using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer. Stop the mixer and use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.
Add the sugar, baking powder and salt and beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and almond extract (the batter might look a little curdled).
Gradually add in the flour, beating it in and using a spoon to mix the last of it in if needed.
Spread enough batter into a non-stick 15x10x1 inch baking pan to cover the base in an even layer, using an offset spatula. The batter will be quite soft.
Bake for 12 minutes. Spoon the cherry pie filling small mounds over the cherry filling, leaving small gaps as it will spread while baking.
Bake for a further 25- 30 minutes or the crust just starts to color. Leave in the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.
Combine the ingredients for the icing in a bowl, adding as much lemon juice or milk as needed to create a pourable glaze. Drizzle over the cherry kuchen bars, slice and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
- You can use any type of pie filling to change things up!
- Scatter with flaked almonds to add some crunch.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for dessert. SO YUM!
- Make sure your pan is non-stick. Loosen the edge of the bars with a small knife before slicing.
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Cherry Pie Bars (Cherry Kuchen Bars)
Lucy Parissi | Supergolden Bakes
Irresistible Cherry Pie Bars! Also known as Cherry Kuchen, these easy bars combine cherry pie filling with a delicious crust and sweet icing.
Keyword: Cherry Kuchen Bars, Cherry Pie Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 37 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
These bars will keep for 2-3 days at room temperature.
Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg