Thursday, May 05, 2005

Chocolate Drizzled Cherry Bars

Chocolate Drizzled Cherry Bars (Adapted from Land O Lakes)

For the crust and crumb mixture

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
20 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

For the filling

21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon almond extract

For the drizzle

3 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350

To make the base

In a large mixing bowl, beat together flour, oats, sugar, butter and salt on low speed until combined and the mixture is clumpy. Set aside 1 1/2 cups.

Scoop the rest of the mixture into a 9 x 13" baking dish - press the crumbs down to form an even base. Bake until the edges are a very light brown - about 15 minutes.

To make the filling

In the same mixing bowl, stir together the cherries and almond extract. Carefully spread the filling over the hot crust. Evenly scatter the top with the reserved crumb mixture. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until the top is golden brown - about 28-32 minutes. Remove and set on a wire rack to cool.

For the drizzle

Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the cooled bars and let sit until the chocolate has a chance to set before cutting.

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7 comments:

  1. These look good Joe! I might have to make these next week as a Valentine's Day snack, I just love chocolate and cherry together and they sound so easy too!

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  2. Shera and Laurie - Thank you! Let me know if you try them out!

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  3. Joe, those look like pure evil! Why are you tempting me?

    lol, Marc

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  4. Marc - What would life be without a little temptation? :-)

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  5. I made these yesterday as dessert for our Valentine dinner as well as a gift for our neighbor whose birthday is on Valentines Day. They sounded delish and they were!!! I love them and they are easy to make! Definately a keeper!

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  6. CLS - Thanks for the note on these... I still remember how much we liked them!

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