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Chocolate Chip 'n Cherry Bars

by Becky
(College Station, TX)

Chocolate Chip 'n Cherry Bars

Chocolate Chip 'n Cherry Bars

Here's a simple recipe that dresses up a pan of chocolate chip bars with cherries. Everything mixes together quickly in one bowl and then spread into the pan for baking. About 25 minutes later, you've got a special homemade treat that makes a great after school snack, bake sale item or potluck dessert.

Chocolate Chip 'n Cherry Bars

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar for topping

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees and lightly grease 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, beat Crisco, eggs, both sugars, vanilla and almond extract on medium speed until thoroughly combined.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and cinnamon.

Gradually beat dry flour mixture into creamed mixture on low speed, just until blended.

Using a large wooden spoon, stir in cherry pie filling and chocolate chips. until distributed.

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out almost clean and top is lightly browned.

Cool pan completely on a wire rack.

Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cut bars into desired size and shape.

This recipe makes about 30 Chocolate Chip 'n Cherry Bars.

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