I still have frozen dried cherries in my freezer that needed to be used. Dried cherries are so good in cookies. This recipe is fast and easy to make. You don’t need extra baking equipment to make these. Mix by hand or by a mixer and pour into a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan to bake these. If you want to make these festive just sprinkle some jimmies or M&M’s on top before baking. Cool in pan and cut.
My cherries were still hot and the some of the chips melted making the batter chocolate.
Oatmeal Chocolate Cherry Bars
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter soften (1 stick)
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups quick cook oatmeal
- 1 cup dried cherries (soaked)
- 1 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan with vegetable spray.
Soak 1 cup dried cherries with hot water. Set aside.
Cream butter, shortening and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla continue to mix for 1 minute. Add flour and baking soda and mix completely. The batter will be thin. Add all at once oatmeal and mix completely. Drain cherries, with chocolate chips, stir in by hand into batter. Pour into prepared 9 inches by 13 inches Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool and cut. Store in airtight container.