Today is one of the first of many guest posts to get us geared up for Valentine’s Day. It’s all about spreading the love, and I figured that there would be no better way than to have a few of my favorite bloggers help out. Each one is so sweet, full of delicious recipes to share and loads of fun to get to know. I know you all will just adore Kristy, and hopefully you’ll follow her site if you aren’t already…
Hello Sweet Basil readers! I’m Kristy and I blog over at Sweet Treats & More.   I’ve been reading Carrian’s blog for a while now and we met in person a few months ago when I spotted her at the shopping outlets near my house (turns out we only live five minutes from each other).  I instantly recognized her from her blog, approached her (which felt a little stalker-ish) and we carried on a conversation like we’d always been friends.
She’s one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve met and has become someone I turn to for blog advice and tips.  She’s seriously awesome and I love this beautiful blog she’s created!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d make you something indulgent, loaded with chocolate, with a touch of red just for the special day.  If you like cherry and you like chocolate, these babies are for you.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars start with an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie base, are topped with a sweet cream cheese layer, cherry pie filling, coconut flakes, and more cookie dough on top.  All baked into a very rich and indulgent bar.  After all, Valentine’s Day is all about indulging right?
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
The easy way to make these is using store-bought cookie dough, but if that breaks some cardinal rule of baking you have, you can probably make it yourself.  I’ve just been too lazy to try it. I’d just make sure you refrigerate the dough for about 12 hours before using.

Thanks for having me Carrian!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Ooey, gooey cherry chocolate chip bars that are sure win over anyone you want to love. 😉
  • Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  • 1 (16 oz) package refrigerated Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • ¾ cups oats
  • 8 oz cream cheese, soft
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (21 oz) can Cherry Pie Filling
  • ⅓ cup sweetened coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl break up the refrigerated cookie dough with (clean hands). Knead in oats and mix until evenly incorporated. Press ⅔ of the dough into a lightly greased 8 X 8 inch square pan, reserving ⅓ of the dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the crust is just set.
  3. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg and set aside. In another bowl the beat cream cheese until smooth with no lumps. Beat in sugar, then stir in vanilla and egg. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the cookie crust.
  4. Pour cherry pie filling evenly over the cream cheese layer. Evenly sprinkle the remaining cookie dough over the top, then top with shredded coconut.
  5. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until set or lightly golden. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
slightly adapted from Allrecipes





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