Chewy Cherry Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine, room temperature 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup quick cooking oats 1/2 cup Cherry Preserves

Heat oven to 350 F. Beat butter and sugar in medium bowl until fluffy; beat in extract. Mix in flour, baking powder, and oats until crumbly. Reserve 1/4-cup mixture; pat remaining mixture in bottom of greased eight-inch square baking pan.

Dot preserves over crumb crust in pan; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake until brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Makes 12 bars.

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