Waiting for Beautiful -and- Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been waiting for Beautiful. My beautiful baby.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Some of the most beautiful things are worth waiting for. Like my baby girl. My baby girl has been putting me through ups and downs like you wouldn’t believe. They say each baby is different and they weren’t kidding. My fourth baby, my baby girl, has had me in the hospital waiting for her six times to date. Each time I get more and more anxious to hold her, and more and more anxious to see her. I’m sad that I don’t get to take her home because she’s not ready to leave her warm womb, but she’s happy there.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made these Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars during one of my many cherry cravings while pregnant with this little girl. They’re beautiful just like I imagine her to be, bright and vibrant, and sweet as sugar and spice. But the good thing about these Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars is you don’t have to wait too long for them.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These delicious Cherry Kuchen Bars are ready from start to finish in less than one hour. These bars are bursting with cherry and almond flavor on a rich buttery cake like crust and drizzled with amaretto icing. These bars go perfect with a hot cup of black coffee.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So let’s stop the waiting and make these bars now because these beautiful bars need to be in your kitchen and on your table today.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling (or substitute your favorite)
3 Tb sugar
3 Tb almond liquor
1 tsp almond extract

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 tablespoons of almond liquor

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Begin by mixing the 3 tablespoons almond liquor and 3 tablespoon sugar with 1 teaspoon almond extract with the cherry pie filling in a small bowl and set aside.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a large stand mixer beat the softened butter with the sugar, baking powder, and salt until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, combining well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

Whisk together the flour and almond flour and slowly add to the butter and egg mixture until combined. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the dough.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a large baking pan about 15″ x 10″ x 1″. Bake for 12 minutes.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Carefully remove the baked crust from the oven and spoon the cherry pie filling onto the top of the crust, spreading evenly.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Using the reserved dough, arrange the batter over the pie filling in an even pattern with a spoon.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Return the bars to the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is light brown.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the sifted powdered sugar with the vanilla extract and the almond liquor until a smooth consistency. Drizzle the icing over the cherry kuchen bars. When the icing has set, cut the bars into as many or as little servings as you like. This typically serves 32.

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now that you’re done waiting for your beautiful, I’ll continue waiting for my Beautiful. And in case you were wondering why you haven’t seen me for a couple of weeks, that’s where I’ve been — waiting for Beautiful.

And if you don’t see me for a while, I met my Beautiful.

Recipe derived from Dear Crissy

Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars

Prep Time: 18 minutes

Cook Time: 42 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 201 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 2 g

32


Cherry Amaretto Kuchen Bars

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 6

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Bars

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling (or substitute your favorite)
  • 3 Tb sugar
  • 3 Tb almond liquor
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • For the Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of almond liquor

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Begin by mixing the 3 tablespoons almond liquor and 3 tablespoon sugar with 1 teaspoon almond extract with the cherry pie filling in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large stand mixer beat the softened butter with the sugar, baking powder, and salt until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, combining well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Whisk together the flour and almond flour and slowly add to the butter and egg mixture until combined. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the dough.
  4. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a large baking pan about 15″ x 10″ x 1″. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove the baked crust from the oven and spoon the cherry pie filling onto the top of the crust, spreading evenly.
  6. Using the reserved dough, arrange the batter over the pie filling in an even pattern with a spoon.
  7. Return the bars to the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is light brown.
  8. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl combine the sifted powdered sugar with the vanilla extract and the almond liquor until a smooth consistency. Drizzle the icing over the cherry kuchen bars. When the icing has set, cut the bars into 32 servings.

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