Crumb-Topped Pecan Cherry Cereal Bars

 

This recipe was given to me by a wonderful lady who works with us…Carolee. These are great bars to take along hiking. They are also good with raspberry jam.

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup puffed rice cereal (preferably brown rice)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 (10-ounce) jar cherry all-fruit spread

 

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch-square baking pan.

 

2. Combine flour, oats, puffed rice, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder and

salt in a medium bowl.

 

3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, oil, sugar and vanilla in a large

bowl until well-blended and creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix until

moistened and a crumbly dough forms. Reserve 1 ½ cups of the dough for the

topping. Press remaining dough evenly into bottom of pan.

 

4. Spread fruit spread evenly over dough in pan. Sprinkle reserved dough

mixture over top, leaving some areas uncovered. Gently press down to adhere

topping to fruit layer. Bake 30 minutes or until deep golden. Cool 15

minutes. Slice into 12 (2 1/4 x 3-inch) bars

 

 

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