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Pan of Cherry Kuchen Bars Topped with Glaze
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5 from 6 votes

Cherry Kuchen Bars

These delicious Cherry Kuchen Bars are like a mashup of cherry pie, sweet vanilla pound cake, and sugar cookies.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: cherry bars, cherry cookies, cherry dessert, cherry pie bars, german dessert, kuchen recipe, recipe for kuchen
Servings: 26 bars
Calories: 233kcal


  • Oven


For the Bars:

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 15x10 baking pan with a bit of butter. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the shortening and butter for 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Add the sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat together until thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing with the electric beater until the dough gets thick. Then, switch to a wooden spoon and stir in any remaining flour.
  • Reserve 1½ cups of the dough, and press the remaining dough into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, then remove from oven.
  • Spread the cherry pie filling over the crust, then spoon small amounts of the reserved dough over the top.
  • Bake for 25 to 28 minutes longer, or until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the bars cool, prepare the icing by combining the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk in a small bowl, adding the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired thickness is achieved.
  • Once bars have completely cooled, drizzle with icing, cut, and serve.


Makes 24 to 28 bars.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg