2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumb mixture oto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.
Combine all filling ingredients in same bowl. Spread filling over hot, partially baked crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Continue baking 27-32 minutes or until lightly browned.
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring often, 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Cool completely; cut into bars.
Bars can be cut into shapes other than rectangles. Try cutting into diamonds or triangles for gift giving.