Cherry Pie Bars (Cherry Kuchen bars) are an easy make- ahead dessert for Summer BBQ's! Tart cherries give a burst of flavor over the tender crumb bar in every bite!
Preheat Oven to 350°
In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar for about 30 seconds.
Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until just combined. (Scrape down the bowl to get everything included)
In a small bowl crack eggs and remove from the shell, add vanilla and stir to blend completely with a fork.
Add egg/vanilla mixture to Sugar/butter mixture and mix until just combined.
Mix in the flour until just combined, do not over mix.
Remove 1/3 of the batter/dough and save for the topping.
Grease the bottom of a 9X 13 baking dish. Then place a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom leaving about 6 " handles to be able to lift out the finished bars for cooling.
Place the 2/3 portion of dough in the center of the pan on top of the parchment paper. Using your fingers, gently push the dough to fit across the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 12 minutes.
While the crust is baking place cherries, cornstarch and sugar in a bowl and stir to blend well.
When crust comes out of the oven, spread the cherry pie filling over the top of the baked crust.
Take the unbaked 1/3 portion of the batter/dough and shape into small balls and sprinkle over the top of the cherry pie filling.
Bake for 30 minutes until the top is just starting to turn golden color.
Using the handles, lift the cherry pie bars out and place on a wire rack to cool. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes.
In a small bowl stir the powdered sugar and milk together to get a sugar frosting to drizzle consistency.
Once bars have cooled, using a spoon drizzle the sugar/ milk frosting over the top in cross patterns.
When ready to serve cut to squares.
Can be made ahead and served cold.
This recipe is from Grandma Oma's Cookbook. (Grandma Oma was my grandmother.). That probably means it came from a label on a jar of cherries at one time before she wrote out the recipe for herself for her recipe book!