Cherry Kuchen Bars

versatile sweet treats
Versatile sweet treats
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For the cherry kuchen
½ cup Butter softened
½ cup Shortening
1¾ cups Sugar
1½ tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 (21-oz) can Cherry pie filling
For the icing
1½ cups Powdered sugar
¼ tsp Vanilla or almond extract
2-3 tbsp Milk to make a drizzle consistency

Nutritional information

  • For the cherry kuchen

  • For the icing

Cherry Kuchen Bars


I love these Cherry Kuchen Bars which are really easy to make and taste delicious too. I cheat a little when I make these bars because I use a can of cherry pie filling. I find I can never make the pie filling as good as it tastes from the can! You can substitute cherry with any other flavor you prefer.

To make this Cherry Kuchen Bars recipe, start by preparing cake dough. Press the dough into a baking dish and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and add cherry filling. Top with some of the remaining dough and return to the oven to bake for another 30 minutes. Make icing by mixing powdered sugar with vanilla or almond extract and some milk. Drizzle over the top of the cake and slice into bars.

To make the Cherry Kuchen Bars, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Cherry Kuchen Bars

Steps to make Cherry Kuchen Bars


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 350 °F.


Beat butter and shortening


Beat ½ a cup of softened butter with ½ a cup of shortening in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.


Add sugar


Add 1¾ cups of sugar, 1½ teaspoons of baking powder and ½ a teaspoon of salt. Beat until fully combined, scraping the side of the bowl occasionally.


Beat in eggs and vanilla


Beat in three eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fully combined.


Add flour


Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the remaining flour.


Place dough in a baking pan


Set 1½ cups of the dough to one side. Press the remaining dough into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.


Add filling


Remove the pan from the oven and spread cherry pie filling over the crust in the pan. Spoon small pieces of the reserved dough over the pie filling.




Bake for 30 more minutes.




Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely (45 mins - 1 hour).


Make icing


Combine 1½ cups of powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract with 2-3 tablespoons of milk until you have a drizzling consistency.




Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake.


Slice into bars

Slice into 15 bars and transfer to a wire rack.



Serve with tea or coffee.

These Cherry Kuchen Bars really are a delicious afternoon treat! Try making a batch of these bars soon and don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes in your baking posts on Instagram!

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Total Reviews: 21
Lindsay Caracoza

Unique little dessert but mine didnt looks as fancy sadly haha.

Kynlee Glatter

Funky design but good taste.

Anneliese Feigelson

Lilly always makes the best stuff cant wait to see what else you come up with!!

Macey Babani

Huge crowd pleaser for all the sweet tooths in my family , going to be making this a lot.

Amaia Pottratz

Really cool idea might try to make it with blueberries or strawberries next.

Elodie Buechele

Amazing! Instead of the random shapes on the top though I made them into little hearts and stars :)

Milani Gefre

Decided to swap out the normal milk with almond instead for the icing, tasted a lot better and the almond after taste blended well with the cherries.

Esme Fed

Great dessert for under 20 bucks that will make everyones belly warm!!

Alisa Palzer

WOW heaven on earth !! texture and sweetness is perfect.

Ellery Dugay

Cute little strawberry bars! Loved every bite of them thx.

Sally Bridewell

Turned out hard as a rock for me not sure what went wrong.

Marlowe Georgatos

Hubby and I thought this was delish and its becoming our personal favorite that we make once everyweek

Mariella Eckrote

I would strongly recommend using vanilla sugar instead of vanilla extract for the icing cause if you put too much it will destroy the taste and make it taste like some kinda chemicals..

Jewel Duning

Served with some hot tea on the side as a sweet breakfast (-:

Samara Acar

Topped mine with some chocolate frosting and caramel instead of vanilla icing

Anne Rolader

Takes a long time to make these but they are totally worth in my opinion very flavorful and last a long time.

Lainey Masangcay

My kids are obsessed with these, i used some graham crackers for the under crust though to make it more crunchy and sweet.

Joslyn Whiles

Could not for the life of me get this right all the cherries legit just exploded please help.

Estefania Possemato

Love the soft/crunchy mix its my favorite type of pastry.

Coraline Allrich

Never been a fan of cherries they are always too bitter or too sweet never inbetween so i replaced them with strawberries and added a few bananas on the top once the kuchen was done cooking.


Perfect treat!

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