Cherry Chocolate Oat Bars

I adapted a Cooking Light recipe for Raspberry Oat Bars to use up what I had on hand, so they turned into Cherry Chocolate Oat Bars made with cherry preserves and bittersweet chocolate chips. Using preserves instead of jam I needed to add a bit more than what was called for in the original recipe, but the chunks of cherry were a nice addition. I also loved the contrast of the bittersweet chocolate with the sweetness of the brown sugar and tartness of the cherries. I think this one is a keeper:

Cherry Chocolate Oat Bars

Adapted from Cooking Light

Yield: 16 servings

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 15 oz cherry preserves

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside. Combine sugar and butter in a medium bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture to butter mixture, and stir until well blended (mixture will be crumbly.) Remove 3/4 cup of dough; toss with chocolate chips. Set aside. Press the remaining dough into an 8-inch square baking pan, and spread evenly with preserves. Sprinkle with chocolate chip mixture. Bake at 375° 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.