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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

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.

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  • crankyankee
    Sep 21, 2013

    a real keeper

  • catmomma
    May 1, 2012

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

  • mko
    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.

  • sassyboots
    Dec 8, 2011

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

  • Na_NBBC
    Apr 15, 2008

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  • sweetcook
    Oct 20, 2007

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