These bars were the result of a crazy baking spree that started early in the morning and went all day until the flour was gone. No flour, no more baking? No way! There was cake mix in the pantry, so we kept the party going and made Cherry Dream Bars, a very old recipe which I tend to forget about but which is always a hit. This is most definitely a convenience food recipe, but so much better than the sum if its parts.
Cherry Dream Bars are made with cake mix, oats, pie filling, brown sugar, butter, an egg. Nuts are optional, but I like throwing them in for some extra crunch. Even though these are called Cherry Dream Bars, you can make them with whatever flavor you like. For this batch I used Lucky Leaf’s dark cherry pie filling. I never paid enough attention to realize there was a dark and a non-dark. This was definitely dark.
Here’s a photo of the finished bars.
You can make these in a food processor or with a blender. I used to make them with a food processor and cold butter, but using softened butter and just mixing it in with the cake mix works just as well.
Cherry Dream Bars
- 1 box white or yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup salted butter, cut into 8 T. and softened
- 1 1/4 cups oats -- divided
- 1 egg
- 21 oz can of cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.
- Mix cake mix, 6 tablespoons of the softened butter and 1 cup of oats until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup crumbs for topping.
- To remaining crumbs, add egg, mixing until well blended. Press into the 13 x 9-inch baking pan and pour pie filling over crust, spreading to cover.
- To the reserved 1 cup of crumbs add 1/4 cup oats, the remaining 2 T. butter, nuts and brown sugar and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle over cherry mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes.