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Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars

Can you feel the romance in the air?

I only ask because Valentine’s Day is coming, and that means it is time to start thinking about treats to give the ones you love. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Shenanigans Homestead. I do not require bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolates, or fancy dinners out. Instead we keep it low-key. Typically we make dinner together – he grills and I do the rest – and we may split a bottle of some sort of sparkling wine. I also go out of my way to make a special dessert that combines what he likes with my love of chocolate. It works for us!

This year the folks at Lucky Leaf have decided to help you, my lovely readers, share the love by giving you a fun gift pack. It includes a can of Premium Lucky Leaf Pie Filling, fun cupcake/muffin baking cups, a few recipes, and a cute little bakery bag for delivering your yummy treats. There are three ways to enter.

  • First, leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Valentine’s Day dessert!
  • Second, tweet the following with a link back in the comments to your tweet: Enter to win a #LuckyLeafLuckyMe Prize Pack from @BakingBlog & @LuckyLeaf –  http://evlrecip.es/11V5LBK
  • Third, share this giveaway with your Facebook friends and link back to your Facebook post in the comments below.

Easy, yes? Well get to entering. I will select a winner at random from the comments below on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013 at 12pm CST, so good luck!

I have written about the versatility of Lucky Leaf pie fillings before, and I must admit that it is an easy way to add some fruity pizazz to your baking. Trust me, Lucky Leaf is for more than just pies!! To demonstrate that, I whipped up some scrumptious bars that combine a crisp cookie base, a layer of silky chocolate cream cheese, sweet black cherries, and a buttery crumble topping. These are so easy to make, and the combination of chocolate and cherry would make these a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert! If cherry is not your thing you could easily use Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry or Raspberry filling instead.

Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • For the base:
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg. at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the filling:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 21-ounce can Lucky Leaf Premium Dark Sweet Cherry Pie Filling
  • For the topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 F and spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray (Clearly my dish was not 8x8-inch, but it is the same volume).
  2. First prepare the base. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until the mixture forms a thick dough, about 1 minute. Press the dough into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. Now, prepare the filling. In the same work bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute then add the melted chocolate and beat for 30 seconds, or until well mixed. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Spread the chocolate filling evenly over the base.
  4. Carefully drop the cherry pie filling over the chocolate cream cheese layer by rounded tablespoons, taking care not to mix or swirl the two layers.
  5. Finally prepare the topping. In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt and mix with your fingers to combine. Add the butter and, using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is completely combined and the mixture is crumbly. Spread the mixture evenly over the cherry filling.
  6. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling around the edges and the center of the bars has puffed slightly. Cool completely to room temperature before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!

*Evil Shenanigans Product Review Policy and Disclosure- Lucky Leaf provided me with a sample of their pie filling, as well as a sample gift pack, at no cost in exchange for this blog post.  Any opinion expressed is my own and is not influenced in any way by the manufacturer/PR firm. I only review products that I have personally tested and endorse.

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30 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars”

  1. Tiffany B. says:

    My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert isn’t a dessert at all!!! My husband loves your recipe for Jalapeno Popper Dip. So, for Valentine’s day, our anniversary, and his birthday I whip up a batch of the dip! It works out so well since we prefer savory to sweet!

  2. Jo Bowman says:

    Up until now my favorite dessert for Valentine”s Day had been Mystery Pie, a pavlova style pie shell made with Ritz crackers and toasted pecans folded in and filled with whipped cream. Looks like I will have to try this Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bar recipe this year as a new treat.

  3. Kimberly M. says:

    My favorite dessert would have to be a good tiramisu. If I let myself I could probably eat the whole thing alone!

    Tweeted @youprettything and shared on facebook.com/caribouandcake

  4. Margot C says:

    For Valentines I like to make an Angel food cake and have strawberry ice cream.

    annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. Margot C says:

    I tweeted too (love your blog):

    https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/300044449680080896

    annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. meghan says:

    We love, love, love Dirt & for V Day I throw in cherries…OMG!

  7. jenny says:

    anything red velvet

  8. Nat says:

    Double chocolate mixed berry brownies!

  9. Jan B. says:

    I think I’ve found a new favorite. Always went for cheesecake with cherries on top. But this recipe is so yummy looking. All of my favorite things. Chocolate, creamcheese, crumb topping. And cherries. Going to try it!

  10. Sara says:

    I love chocolate covered strawberries :-)

  11. Natasha O says:

    My favorite Vday dish is also chocolate covered strawberries!

  12. Paula says:

    These look sooo good!

  13. Ellie says:

    Heart shaped pancakes start the day and end with red velvet cupcakes.

  14. Dana says:

    Chocolate Fondue!

  15. Carrie says:

    Anything chocolate will do but my favorite thing I’ve made was a chocolate heart filled with strawberry mousse. Delicious and fancy.

  16. Laura says:

    My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is flour less chocolate cake.

  17. Chris says:

    For 22 years now, there is no celebrating Valentine’s Day here…..because it’s my youngest child’s birthday and he almost ALWAYS requests banana cream pie!!! Not that anyone complains when the pie comes out!

  18. Suzi D. says:

    I was planning to make cherry crisp for V-Day, but maybe we’ll have this instead! It looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  19. Kristin says:

    My favorite Valentine’s dessert is chocolate covered strawberries. Yum!

  20. Meghan Finley says:

    I love frosted shortbread heart shaped cookies

  21. My favorite Valentines dessert is anything involving chocolate, and these bars would certainly do the trick! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Sarah says:

    I love chocolate strawberry brownies for Valentine’s Day. Anything with fudge and fruit in it.

  23. Madeline says:

    My favorite Valentine’s Day dessert is artisanal dark chocolate.

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