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Fruity Oaty Bars

I made these last night from this recipe sherrib sent me. Like Sherri, I left the almonds out of the crust and didn't put the chocolate drizzle on top. The final bake time was more like 30-35min. I'm thinking about trying them with half brown sugar and half splenda, but they still have lots of butter.

The official name is Double-Cherry Streusel Bars (but we've renamed them), from the Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies

2 c water
1 c dried tart cherries or dried cranberries, snipped
2 c quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 c butter, cut into chunks
1/4 c coarsely chopped slivered almonds
2 12-oz jars cherry preserves
1 t finely shredded lemon zest
1/2 c semisweet chocolate pieces
1 t shortening

Preheat oven to 350 F
Boil the water in a small saucepan; remove from heat and add the cherries. Steep 10 min, then drain and set aside.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl
Add the butter and cut/rub in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside 1 c of the mixture and mix with the almonds
Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 15x10x1 inch baking pan; bake 12 min, then allow to cool briefly
Combine the cherries, cherry preserves, and lemon zest. Spread over partially baked crust and sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture
Bake 20-25 min more until top is golden brown
Allow to cool completely on wire rack
Melt chocolate pieces and shortening together; drizzle on top of cooled bars. Allow chocolate to set, then cut into bars.
Store at RT in an airtight container


March 2008

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