Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cookie Bars

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Treats like these crunchy, perfectly soft and chewy Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cookie Bars don’t last long in our house…and with very good reason. They’re not just your average chocolate chip cookie bars…they are more complex and scrumptious with not a lot of extra effort.

overhead picture of chocolate chunk chocolate covered cherries with oatmeal, almonds cut into squares.

Rich layers of decadent flavors make these cookie bars a very special thank you or a “just because I Love You” gift. Plus they’re very pretty too! Double win!!!

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Cookie Bars vs. Cookies

Making cookie bars instead of indivual cookies is a great time saver.

You also have more control over the final appearance of the cookie cake making them perfect for a gift, birthday party or any kind of special get together.

What’s in this Cookie Bar Recipe?

As you know you can add just about anything to a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe…and you can make just about any cookie recipe into a cookie bar creation. I basically used my chocolate covered cherry oatmeal cookie recipe as the inspiration for these awesome bars.

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First you start with

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla Extract…or any extract…like Almond

then add the extras

  • Cinnamon
  • Oats
  • Chocolate Covered Dried Cherries
  • Almonds, sliced or chopped
  • Chocolate Chunks

Easy Step by Step Cookie Bar Assembly👇

Step by Step 1-4 collage of the first four steps to make cookie bars
  1. Place softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, almond extract and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix above ingredients together with an electric hand mixer or upright stand alone mixer until creamy and well incorporated.
  3. Gently mix dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and baking soda – with a fork or whisk until all dry ingredients are blended.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture…mix with an electric hand or stand alone mixer. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Now fold in the oatmeal and almonds gently with a rubber spatula or large spoon…5-8 big folds.
  6. Chop the cherries in half with a sharp knife making them slice clean.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chunks and half of the sliced cherries into the cookie mixture…5-8 big folds.
  8. Press cookie mixture into a 9″x 13″x 2″ glass baking pan with greased fingers. Gently press remaining sliced cherries onto top of spread cookie mixture.

step by step numbers 5-8 collage of mixing and adding the cherries, oatmeal and almonds in class pan before bake

Cookie Recipes that would make Great Cookie Bars

Key Lime Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red, White and Blueberry Cookies with White Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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Do You Have to Chill These Before you Bake?

No, in fact, it would make this thick dough hard to press out. By making cookie bars instead of individual cookies you just eliminated the chill stage.

Can You Freeze Cooked Cookie Bars for Later?

Yes! If you make a lot of treats around the holidays I would think this step would be a great time saver. I would let them cool completely before you pop them in a freezer bag or freezer safe storage dish.

How Long do They Stay Fresh at Room Temperature?

I would imagine like all fresh homemade cookies they would last about 3 days stored in an air tight container. But to make them last that long in my house I would have to find a pretty secret hiding place!!

Close up of stacked chocolate chunk chocolate covered cherry bars stacked to show side view of cooked bars on a white plate

Additional Ingredients That Would be Delish in Cookie Bars

  • White Chocolate Chips or Chunks
  • Pecans, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts
  • Granola
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Chocolate Covered Blueberries
  • Yogurt Covered Raisins
  • The list is endless!

Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cookie Bars

Deliciously decadent cookie bar that satisfies all the wants during a yummy dessert craving. Great for a special gift!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie bars, chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie bar recipe, chocolate covered cherries, cookie bar recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 26
Calories 230kcal
Author Elise
Cost 20

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, light or dark firmly packed
  • 1 tsp salt, I used fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • cups whole wheat flour or all purpose
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • tsp baking soda
  • cups rolled old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups chocolate covered dried cherries, rough chopped
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks

Instructions

  • Place softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, almond extract and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix above ingredients together with an electric hand mixer or upright stand alone mixer until creamy and well incorporated.
  • Gently mix dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and baking soda – with a fork or whisk until all dry ingredients are blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture…mix with an electric hand or stand alone mixer. Be careful not to over mix
  • Now fold in the oatmeal and almonds gently with a rubber spatula or large spoon…5-8 big folds.
  • Chop the cherries in half with a sharp knife making them slice clean. About 2 cups or more if desired.
  • Fold in the chocolate chunks and about 1½ cups of the sliced cherries into the cookie mixture…5-8 big folds.
  • Press cookie mixture into a 9"x 13"x 2" glass baking pan with greased fingers. Gently press remaining sliced cherries onto top of spread cookie mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool completely before cutting into desired size of servings.
  • Enjoy!

More Sweet Recipes from The Contractor’s Castle 👇

Key Lime Cast Iron Icebox Pie….it is sooooo good!

The Best Southern Homemade Pecan Pie…in the world!!

Orange Cream Cast Iron Icebox Pie…great for Easter!

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