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Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars

 Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars
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.
36 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 156 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.