These chocolate cherry bars combine two delicious dessert flavors to become an extra special treat.
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.
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How long can these bars be stored? Should they be frozen?
Hi Cathy, these bars can be stored for about a week at room temperature, in an air-tight container. You may also freeze them for up to a month in an air-tight container. Happy baking!
Super easy and tasty! I followed the recipe but the cherry pie filling was not enough to cover the baked crust. I'll use to cans next time ;-)
Whether you go for the crumb cake, shortbread or pie, this assortment of goodies will add lots of life to that bowlful of cherries.