Try these cherry-filled power bars for quick pick-me-up snack any time of the day.
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned or quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 (21-ounce) can cherry filling
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Place butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes or until well mixed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix on low speed until crumbly. Spread two-thirds of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Press down to make a firm layer. Set aside.
- Purée cherry filling with an electric blender or food processor until smooth. Pour puréed cherry filling into a medium saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into cherry filling. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until mixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in almond extract. Pour cherry mixture over oat layer; spread evenly. Top with remaining oat mixture.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Makes 24 bars.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.