Chocolate Drizzled Cherry Bars

We clipped this recipe from a package of Land O’Lakes Unsalted Butter. We haven’t tried it yet, but how you can go wrong with this combination of ingredients?

Crumb Mixture:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. almond extract

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. shortening

Heat oven to 350F. Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in a large bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1-1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in the same bowl. Spread filling over hot, partially baked crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Continue baking for 27 to 32 minutes or until lightly browned.

Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth (2 to 3 minutes). Drizzle over bars. Cool completely; cut into rectangles, diamonds, or squares.

Makes about 36 bars.

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