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Baked Cherry Coconut Bars Recipe

These crumbly treats have a shortbread-like crust and a gooey cherry, coconut and chopped nut filling that makes them a favorite with family and friends.—Kathleen Hackford, West Seneca, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. For filling, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add the egg mixture. Stir in nuts, coconut and cherries. Spread over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

One bar equals 284 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 178 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.