Black Forest Dream Bars

Chocolate, cherries and whipped cream layer into a delicious dessert bar.


20 servings


1 (1 pound 1.5 ounce) pouch Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk
cookie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly spray bottom and sides of 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, oil and egg until soft dough forms. On ungreased baking sheet, drop 3 tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart to make 3 cookies. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from baking sheet to wire cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, press remaining cookie dough in bottom of sprayed pan. Reserve 1 cup cherry pie filling for topping; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and the remaining pie filling with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Spread cream cheese mixture over crust in pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.

Spread whipped topping over cream cheese layer. Top with spoonfuls of the reserved cherry pie filling. Coarsely crumble baked cookies; sprinkle over top of bars. Refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. To serve, cut into 5 rows by 4 rows.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Total Bake Time: 50 minutes
Total Cool Time: 45 minutes
Total Chill Time: 2 hour
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Additional Information

Raspberry pie filling makes a good substitution for the cherry.


Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 320 (Calories from Fat 140), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 8 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 35 mg; Sodium 190 mg; Total Carbohydrate 43 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 30 g), Protein 3 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 3

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