These chocolate cherry bars combine two delicious dessert flavors to become an extra special treat.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup 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.
Whether you go for the crumb cake, shortbread or pie, this assortment of goodies will add lots of life to that bowlful of cherries.