Cherry Chocolate Bars

 When we lived in Utah, there was a HUGE, old cherry tree in the yard. About fall-time every year, hundreds of cherries would be perfect for picking (at least the ones we could reach)….and as much time as we spent, we never even got close to getting them all. What do you do with that many cherries? Get creative and try new things, of course! My hubby’s favorite are these Cherry Chocolate Bars!

Cherry Chocolate Bars / Busy Mom's Helper

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup Granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 12-ounce package Vanilla milk chips
  • 1 12-ounce package Chocolate milk chips
  • 2 cups Dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan, set aside.
  2. Combine margarine, sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture. Mix in.
  3. In separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder, then slowly add to mixture. Stir in milk chips, cherries and nuts.
  4. Spread evenly into pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly brown. Let cool before cutting.

Notes: I used a fork to mix instead of an electric mixer, and it worked great, plus easier to clean. We serve this warm with vanilla ice cream over it; a nice little fruit and chocolate addition!

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