Friday, September 2, 2016

Cherry Kuchen Bars

Growing up in northern Michigan, and being a huge fan of Traverse City, you would think I would love cherries. Everyone else does, but me.... not so much. I like cherry flavored things, but to just eat cherries or eat things with chunks of cherries in them--I'll pass. 

However, since everyone else likes cherries and I am the only exception: I still occasionally make yummy cherry things! I just need everyone else's input on the recipe. Which, since everyone else likes cherries, is pretty easy to get. 

These were originally a present for my mama. I'm always looking for fun ideas of things to make for her, since she does so much for us. I saw these, and knew I had to make them! I've made these quite a few times, and they are always a hit--with her, and everyone! 

Printable Recipe
Cherry Kuchen Bars

  • 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla, divided
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-6 tablespoons milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat shortening, sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as possible with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Press dough on to the bottom of an ungreased 9”x13” baking pan, reserving 1 ½ cups.
  3. Bake for 12-18 minutes. Remove from oven and spread pie filling over crust. Spoon reserved dough into small mounds over pie filling, pressing down lightly if needed.
  4. Bake an additional 30-40 minutes or until top is light brown.
  5. Meanwhile, combine ¼ teaspoon vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk to make icing. Use enough milk to make into a drizzling consistency.
  6. Remove pan from oven; cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle with icing.

32 pieces
1 ½ hours
Nutrition Facts *I calculate nutrition facts for reference only, this is not done scientifically

Source (for original): Dear Crissy

Remember, comments are loved! What's your favorite cherry dish?

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