Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cherry Kuchen Bars

The Menu:
Cherry Kuchen Bars

The Original Recipe:
I found these on the internet. OMG! They are delicious! It really whipped up in a short amount of time, too. I made these last minute, and they turned out great. I wish I could find more recipes that would taste so good in such a short amount of time! :)

Cherry Kuchen Bars


Yield: 32 bars

Prep: 25 mins Cool: 10 mins Bake: 350°F 42 mins



Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 -21 ounce can cherry pie filling*

1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well-combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the dough. Spread remaining dough in the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

2. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes. Spread pie filling over crust in pan. Spoon reserved dough into small mounds atop pie filling.

3. Bake about 30 minutes more or until top is light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle top with Powdered Sugar Icing. Cool completely. Cut into bars to serve.

From the Test Kitchen

Tip *Tip:You may substitute your favorite flavor of pie filling for the cherry pie filling.

Powdered Sugar Icing



Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

3 - 4 teaspoons milk

Directions

In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla or almond extract, and enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make smooth and of drizzling consistency.

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