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Chocolate Cherry Bars

These tempting bars are simple to make with cherry pie filling, crunchy almonds and chocolate chips. I took them to a church supper and everyone wanted the recipe. Some people said the sweet treats reminded them of chocolate-covered cherries. -Tina Dierking, Skohegan, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped almonds

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cocoa. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add egg and almond extract until blended. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Carefully top with pie filling. Combine chocolate chips, almonds and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over pie filling.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool; refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 177 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 23, 2017

    I took these to work and received rave reviews. the bake up really nice.

  • angelasandoval
    Feb 4, 2010

    These were delicious! I did cut the chocolate chips down to 1 1/2 c. (just because 2 c. looked like a little too much) and I thought it was the perfect amount. I didn't have any problems with the baking time...took 40 minutes.

  • SusanneM
    Mar 10, 2009

    My husband wanted some chocolate/cherry brownies and I have had my eye on this recipe for a while. They took an hour and five minutes to bake, but once they cooled, they were wonderful. Not quite sure why they took so long to bake--I use my oven daily, so I don't think the oven temperature was the problem.