This Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars recipe is easy to make for a perfect dessert choice. Using cherry pie filling, these dessert bars feature a buttery brown sugar and oatmeal crust and topping.
One recent Saturday morning, Barbara was the lead cook for her husband, our dad, and our Uncle Pat who were all in tractors in different fields. Kevin was planting corn, while Uncle Pat was planting soybeans, and Dad was spraying and keeping the other two filled with seed and rolling.
She needed a quick sweet to go with some ribeye steak sandwiches that she made on the grill. So she turned to her trusty Pot O’Gold cookbook, and stumbled upon this Oatmeal Cherry Bar recipe.
Barbara tends to keep cans of cherry pie filing in the cabinet which is the main ingredient in this recipe. These Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars were done in no time and Barbara had lunch ready to deliver to the fields. All three men – as well as several family members – agreed that these bars needed to be on the menu again.
Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars
The bottom crust and the topping on these bars are the same oatmeal mixture. Once the ingredients are combined, spread all but 2 cups of the mixture on the bottom of the pan. Then bake for 12 minutes before spreading the cherry pie filling over the bottom crust and sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of the mixture over the pie filling before baking again for 20-25 minutes.
While the bars are cooling, prepare the glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the bars and let them completely cool before cutting.
- Cherry Bars:
- 2½ cups flour
- 2½ cups quick oats
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ cups butter (melted)
- 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. For easier cutting, line with parchment paper.
- Mix flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda together in a large bowl; stir in melted butter until completely moistened.
- Reserve 2 cups of oat mixture for the topping. Gently spread the remaining mixture in an even layer into the jelly roll pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Spread pie filling over crust, and sprinkle with reserved topping.
- Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.
- Prepare glaze by mixing sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth.
- Let bars cool for 10 minutes.
- Drizzle glaze over bars.
- Cut bars when completely cooled.
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