Cherry Oat Bars

These Michigan cherry oat bars are perfect with coffee for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert.

Michigan Cherry Oat Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine Midwest
Keyword Michigan State


  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups quick oats
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup cherry filling see below

Cherry Filling

  • 2 cups fresh cherries stems removed and seeded
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • juice from one lemon


  1. Mix cherries, sugar, lemon juice and corn starch in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, or until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until cool.  Cover and refrigerate.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.   Spray a 9×9 inch square pan and line with parchment paper.

  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add butter and use a pastry cutter to blend ingredients into crumbly mixture.  Press 2/3 of the mixture into the pan and press down.  Top with cherry filling. Add the rest of the crumb mixture to the top.

  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Top should be golden brown.  Cool bars before cutting.  Store at room temp or in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from A Dash of Sanity.   



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