Cherry Pie Bars {AKA Cherry Kuchen Bars}


Cherry. Pie. Bars. Everything I love in one insanely delicious dessert! I’m yet to make a cherry pie, it’s in my future plans (my list is forever long though so we’ll see how soon it comes), but for now I thought these looked just as good as a cherry pie but more modern and simplistic. Bars are the “it” thing you know :). I should start a bakery dedicated to bars. No, really it would just be fun to have a cupcake, cake and cookie bakery one day, but I’m not ready for the work that would take now. Besides, I think I would enjoy blogging and sharing recipes more.

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy

These bars are destined for greatness. Who wouldn’t loves these? And I love the shortcut of the store-bought cherry pie filling. Normally I snub a lot of store bought stuff when it can be homemade, but cherry pie filling, yes from a can, I actually love it. It sort of reminds me of maraschino cherries which I also love.

The flavors of these bars are summer bliss. You get a buttery almond flavored cookie like batter which is topped with that simple yet incredible cherry pie filling, then it’s topped with more dollops of the batter and it’s baked to light golden perfection. But wait, it doesn’t end there. It’s finished with a rich and creamy vanilla almond flavored glaze. Indeed you are going to love these.



Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy


Cherry Pie Bars

Yield: About 16 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 (21 oz) cans cherry pie filling


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp half and half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish (for thinner bars use a 15 by 10-inch baking dish). In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in vanilla and almond extracts. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Reserve and set aside 1 1/2 cups batter then spread remaining evenly into prepared baking dish. Top with cherry pie filling spreading into an even layer. Dollop small spoonfuls of the remaining batter evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven about 30 - 37 minutes (near lesser time for 15 by 10 baking dish and greater time for 13 by 9). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. For the glaze:
  3. In a small mixing bowl whisk together all glaze ingredients adding enough half and half to reach desired consistency. Pour into a resealable bag, seal bag and cut a small tip from one corner then drizzle over top of cooled bars. Allow glaze to set (to set it quicker chill in freezer) then cut into squares.
  4. Recipe Source: a combination of these two recipes from BHG and Taste of Home

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking ClassyCherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy

Cherry Pie Bars | Cooking Classy


  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust: Oh my gosh, these are gorgeous! I love that topping and crust. Pinned! May 13, 2014 at 6:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Dorothy and thanks for sharing! May 13, 2014 at 8:28am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: I love these! So pretty and yummy! May 13, 2014 at 3:37am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These are such pretty bars, the colors just pop! I’d love a bakery dedicated to bars – they are one of my favorite treats! :) May 12, 2014 at 10:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! And you are the bar queen, every bar you post has my mouth watering :). May 13, 2014 at 8:43am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: These are one of my favorite desserts of all time – yours look incredible Jaclyn! May 12, 2014 at 4:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Sally! May 12, 2014 at 9:54pm Reply

  • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion: Delicious, I love cherries. I will make these bars soon! May 12, 2014 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: I’m not usually a fan of canned stuff either, but I would definitely make an exception for these. :) May 12, 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: How absolutely perfect are these for summer? Love the flavoring of these bars, I could literally eat the entire batch! May 12, 2014 at 10:59am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love that they’re bars rather than an actual pie (faster, easier) and that you used canned filling. That’s childhood nostalgic memories for me right there :) Your photos are STUNNING! pinned and love that collage! May 12, 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Averie! I’m glad you think so because I felt like I stared at them for hour trying to decide if I made them too bright or not :). Thanks for pinning too! May 12, 2014 at 9:56pm Reply

    • Laura: Omg, my two favorite cooking bloggers talk to each other! I don’t know why this makes me very happy haha May 2, 2018 at 12:45pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: LOL Averie is the best! We talk all the time. ;) May 2, 2018 at 2:54pm Reply

Add your comment:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copyright 2011-2018 Cooking Classy | Privacy Policy
Design by cre8d