These delicious Ooey Gooey Cherry Bars are definitely a treat worthy of a special occasion - or one that can make any occasion special!
Servings: 9x13 pan
2cupsall purpose flour
1cup2 sticks butter, at room temp
1/2cupall purpose flour
6ouncejar maraschino cherriesdrained and cut in half
confectioner's sugarfor finishing
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In medium mixing bowl, place crust ingredients. Cut butter into flour and confectioner's sugar with a pastry cutter or long tined fork, until well combined and crumbly. Press into 9x13 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until just lightly browned on the edges. Remove from oven when done and reduce temp to 325.
In same bowl (no need to wash it), place sugar, eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, and vanilla from filling ingredients. Stir together with a long spoon until smooth and creamy - batter will be thick. Stir in cherries and pecans until well incorporated. Spoon filling onto crust and spread to the edges. Bake until set, about 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Dust top with confectioner's sugar and cut into bars. Enjoy!