1 cup margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 (12-ounce) package vanilla milk chips
2 cups Mariani Cherries
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Prepare and freeze these extraordinary bars in advance of the party.
Combine margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to mixture. Stir in vanilla milk chips, dried cherries and pecans. Spread dough evenly in greased 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Do not overbake. Cool in pan, then cut into bars. Store in airtight container.
Yields 4 dozen 1-1/4 x 2-1/2-inch bars.