Pioneer Woman is one of the few cooking shows that I will sit through. I watched an episode a few months ago where she made these cherry pie cookie bars. My son was watching and kept commenting on how good they looked so I mentally took note and added it to my list of things to try. Fast forward a couple of months and I finally tried it.
The full recipe and directions can be found on the Food Network site. I’ll refer to them and spare you my cooking directions. No one should take cooking direction from me unless it’s usually what not to do or just to check out what we usually like to call “experiments” versus “meals”.
I will say the recipe was fairly easy. I could probably have done without the lemon or orange zest but mostly because I’m beyond basic.
This is a lot of cookie bars so it might not be a bad idea to cut the recipe in half. I’ve been force feeding this to my family so it doesn’t go to waste. Now that I type “force feed” I’m thinking maybe it’s not as good as I thought.
I did hear one comment that maybe it could use less cherries. I may or may not have used more than the 30 ounces that the recipe calls for. Seemed like a lot of effort to measure.
Presentation is kinda scary. Try to get past that. It tastes good.
Presentation is getting worse….
Here’s where things went South. Pioneer Woman has the knack for precisely drizzling the icing over in a delicate manner. Mine started that way and as usual I went overboard. Overboard in a big way. I was determined on using every bit of icing that I made so I kept drizzling until it looks like I just dumped it on top. Also, the dollops of cookie dough on top ended up looking like biscuits. So, no awards on looks but they seem to taste fine.