Cherry Streusel Bars
Ellen Borst writes from Park Falls, Wisconsin,"I combined my grandmother's apple crisp topping with a traditional cherry pie recipe to come up with these flavorful bars."
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
Makesabout 2-1/2 dozen
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. In another bowl, whisk the egg, water and vinegar. stir into flour mixture with a fork until a soft ball forms.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 15x10-in. rectangle. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until firm and dry to the touch.
- Meanwhile, combine pie filling and orange zest; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining flour; cut in butter until crumbly.
- Spread cherry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 227 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Originally published as Cherry Streusel Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2003