Oatmeal Cherry Bars

Valentine’s Day is creeping around the corner and the stores are filled with love-themed ideas.  I went into Target, or rather “Tar-Jay”, and found myself in a Valentine wonderland.  Here is some inspiration for you.

I may have cried when I saw these.   #targetisdangerous

It was a given this little guy was coming home with me.

Oatmeal bars, not too sweet, not too sugary, just right on the dessert scale.  I used dried cherries for Valentine’s day but any dried fruit could be substituted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine quick cooking oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Add melted butter and mix until crumbly and happy.  Reserving 1 1/2 cups of mixture, press the remaining mixture into a prepared 9 x 13-inch pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Spinkle coconut, dried cheeries and slivered almonds over top of mixture.  Pour sweetened condensed milk over toppings.

Please tell me you are not exhausted from sprinkling and pouring because I could simply never forgive myself.

Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture on top of sweetened condensed milk.

Bake for 30 minutes and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

Don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to make these.  These bars are good any day!  

Now, a little eye candy for ya…..

Ryan Gosling gives all the feels…….

Enjoy!

Love ya,

Jody and Edna

Cherry Oatmeal Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  2. 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 cup butter, melted
  8. 1 (6 oz.) package dried cherries
  9. ½ cup slivered almonds
  10. ½ cup flaked coconut
  11. 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Reserve 1 ½ cups crumb mixture.
  5. Press remaining mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle cherries, almonds and coconut evenly over baked layer.
  8. Pour condensed milk over coconut.
  9. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over condensed milk.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Cool on wire rack before cutting into bars.
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