Cherry Pie Bars

2 1/2 cups dried cherries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbls. lemon juice

2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oatmeal (quick oats)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
powdered sugar for dusting

In small saucepan, combine dried cherries, water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and let simmer 8-10 minutes until thickens. take off heat and set aside.

preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil, with foil coming up the sides for easy removal. Spray lightly with a non-stick cooking spray

In small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Set aside
In large bowl, beat softened butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in eggs and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Add in flour, mix until just incorporated. Add in oatmeal and stir until batter is combined.

Pour a little over half of batter into prepared baking pan. Smooth out evenly in pan. Pour prepared cherry mixture on top and spread evenly. Add remaining batter over top of cherries and smooth. It won't be enough to cover all the way to edges (this is correct) Sprinkle sliced almonds over top.

Bake for 25 minutes, until top is golden brown.. Take out and let cool. Grab foil and pull bars out of pan. Fold down edges of foil. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 16 bars (you can make bigger or smaller bars, depending on what you like) ENJOY!