Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We went out for sushi, and Greta and I made the cutest Valentine’s Day cards with her footprints in the shape of hearts. Of course, we also had more wine and chocolate than usual!

I used to bake a huge oatmeal cookie for Apolinaras every year in a heart-shaped pan. I always spelled out cheesy messages on top with raisins too. It was a cheap pan though and got scratched up really quickly, so I had to get rid of it a few years ago, booo. Actually, I bet heart-shaped pans are on sale right now, so I should look for a replacement tomorrow! Anyway, I still like to make Apolinaras oatmeal cookies every year, and this year I made bars with chocolate, cherries, and walnuts. They were a hit!

chocolate cherry oatmeal cookie bars

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars
Printable Recipe

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups instant oats
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350˚F. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Stir in all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in oats; stir in chocolate chips, dried cherries, and walnuts. Press cookie dough evenly in the bottom of a greased 8×8-inch square pan. Bake at 350˚F for 24 to 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares. Makes 16 bars.

Nutrition: 268 calories, 14.0g fat, 1.7g fiber, 3.0g protein per bar
Cost: $0.40 per bar

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