Sharing a simple, seven ingredient recipe for cherry oatmeal bars.
I love summer desserts. Oh, who am I kidding? I love desserts during any season. But, there is something about easy peasy desserts for summer and (small group) gatherings. These cherry and oatmeal bars are super easy and the can of cherry pie filling makes them the perfect patriotic dessert from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
CHERRY OATMEAL BARS
I used a can of cherry pie filling for convenience, but with the cherry season around the corner fresh, pitted cherries might add a little more tart to the sweet.
The best part of this recipe is it has seven ingredients and you likely have all of the ingredients in the pantry.
During the summer I always have a few cans of pie filling for this crowd-favorite dessert.
The topping and base are made from a butter and oats base.
Tip: It is not a dense bar like a brownie so I suggest serving in small bowls or dessert glasses would be fun.
The pie filling makes this perfect alone or with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream.
Served warm or at room temp, this dessert won’t last long.
This recipe has little prep time (just make sure the butter is at room temp). I just learned this tip in the last year.
And one more small confession: while I added the ingredients to the recipe below I noticed it called for quick oats.
I missed that detail and used old-fashioned.
If you have been a reader of Everyday Edits for more than a day you are not surprised by my lack of recipe awareness. I like the density the old-fashioned oats adds to the bars.
CHERRY OATMEAL BARS
- 1 1/2 CUPS BUTTER SOFTENED
- 1 1/2 CUPS BROWN SUGAR
- 1/2 TSP. BAKING SODA
- 2 1/2 CUPS FLOUR
- 2 1/2 CUPS QUICK OATS I USED OLD FASHIONED
- 1 CAN CHERRY PIE FILLING
- 1 TSP. CINNAMON
- 1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350
- 2. IN LARGE BOWL CREAM BUTTER + BROWN SUGAR. ADD BAKING SODA +FLOUR AND MIX.
- 3. MIX IN THE OATS. CRUMBLY MIXTURE.4. MEASURE OUT 2 CUPS OF DOUGH + ADD CINNAMON + PUT ASIDE FOR FOR TOPPING 5. PRESS REMAINING DOUGH INTO BOTTOM OF COOKIE SHEET (OR CASSEROLE DISH IF YOU PREFER A THICKER BAR) AND BAKE FOR 12-15 MINUTES. 6. REMOVE FROM OVEN, ADD CHERRY PIE FILLING OVER THE DOUGH BASE.7. TAKE THE 2 CUPS OF DOUGH (SET ASIDE EARLIER) AND CRUMBLE ONTO OF DOUGH.8 BAKE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 20 MINUTES UNTIL TOP IS GOLDEN BROWN.
That’s it! It’s super easy you can make it ahead of time and serve warm or at room temperature. Pin for later! Summer will be here before you know it!