Ok, I had to throw that out there to all of us who grew up in the 80’s. You know big hair, loud guitars, and all the junk you could eat without worrying about putting on a few pounds. If we did gain a little, we would just lay on the floor to button our jeans, get out the Aqua Net and move on.
Today I am sharing my absolutely favorite cherry dessert. Chocolate Cherry Nut Bars: I took a recipe that I got originally from a Lucky Leaf can of cherry pie filling and put a few twists on it. This dessert looks great and is a nutty, chewy flavor explosion. It’s not low fat, so plan on sharing with a friend or you will end up lying on the floor to button your jeans ;)
Chocolate Cherry Nut Bars
2 Cups of all purpose flour
2 Cups of quick oats
1 ¼ Cup sugar
1 ¼ Cup melted butter
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Can of cherry pie filling
1 Cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except for chocolate chips and the pie filling. Mix until you have coarse crumbs. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for this. Remove 1 ½ cups of crumb mixture. Press remaining crumbs into a 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over the crust and then spoon the pie filling over the chips. Be gentle it is very soft at this point. Sprinkle with the reserved crumbs and return to the oven for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. When you remove the bars from the oven sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips. Cool completely. They will fall apart if you try to eat them before they are cooled-I learned this the hard way. Cut into approximately 36 bars.