Cherry Crisp Bars

by foodlikecake

Cherry crisp bars- sounds delicious right? They are. A soft shortbread crust beneath warm cherries and topped with brown sugar coated oats.

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Ingredients: Crust

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark)

Cherry Filling

two  16 ounce bags of frozen sweet dark cherries, thawed

3/4 cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons cornstarch

Crisp Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup quick oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks)  unsalted butter, softened

Recipe: Crust

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 8×8 pan.

Beat flour, butter, and sugar on high until soft and crumbly. Press into pan.

Bake for 15 minutes. Take out and cool.

Cherry Filling

Place cherries in a medium saucepan and place over low-medium heat. Cover saucepan and let cherries lose their juices for 5 minutes. Mix sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. When the 5 minutes are up, remove cherries from heat and add the sugar mixture. Put back on heat for about 5 more minutes. When the cherries have lost a lot of juice, drain them. And pour over the cooled crust.

Crisp Topping

Preheat oven to 350F

With your hands, pastry cutter, or fork, in a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. They should eventually form small light brown clumps. Generously sprinkle over the pan (the one with the crust and cherries).

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crisp starts getting golden brown.

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Enjoy!

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