Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars Recipe
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Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars Recipe

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I've been making bars since I was in third grade, but these are special. I bake them for the church Christmas party every year... and folks always rave about them and ask for a copy of the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

156 calories: 1 each, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar and butter until crumbly. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pie filling and extract; carefully spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until edges and topping are lightly browned.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2003, p42

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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"a real keeper"

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"I have done this with blueberry pie filling and white chocolate drizzles, and am about to do Apple...."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I read through this recipe quickly and had an idea in my mind that the filling was chocolate mixed with cherries. When I came to make the bars, and read the recipe carefully, I was disappointed to find the chocolate was only drizzled on top. So I set about making them the way I had imagined them. I substituted Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats for the quick oats by weight. I added 1/2 t. salt to the crust. I might increase that a little next time. In the filling I added 1 T. cherry concentrate, deleted the almond extract and added 6 oz. of bittersweet chocolate chips that I had pulverized in the food processor. I sprinkled chopped walnuts on top of the bars and I omitted the drizzle. They were excellent. I found it was best to store them in the refrigerator, but let them warm up to room temperature before eating them."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"These are good, but I like the chocolate cherry bars better"

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