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Cherry Crumble Bars

Cherry Crumble Bars

 

Cherry Crumble Bars

It's cherry season, which means red stained cutting boards and aching fingers (from pitting so many damn cherries)! These cherry crumble bars are a compromise between me and my husband. My husband, Paul, loves pie! I on the other hand, hate it. I know, I know. I've put a lot of thought into this statement, "I hate pie", because I get a lot flack for it and I think it's the crust that I don't like. It's just not my thing. I enjoy tarts, crumbles, crisps, you name it! Just not pie. For special occasions celebrating Paul, I like to make him a pie but then he has to eat the whole thing by himself, (playing the world's smallest violin). So this Father's Day, we compromised and I made these crumble bars. Everyone loves them and they are so easy to make (minus the cherry pitting part)! 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup melted butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp room temperature butter unsalted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375dF. Line a 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. 

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar together.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture until just combined. Add mixture to baking pan and press down creating a flat-ish surface. 

  5. In a small bowl, stir together cherries, corn starch and lemon juice and set aside until topping is finished. 

  6. To make the topping, combine oats, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Using your finger tips, smoosh (technical term) the softened butter into the dry ingredients until clumps form.  

  7. Pour the cherry mixture into the baking pan on top of the base layer. Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping over the cherries.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top starts to brown. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. 



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