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Coconut Cherry Bars Recipe

I enjoy whipping up batches of these by the dozen. Then I fill the decorative tins I collect all year long with the luscious bars and give them as oven-fresh Christmas presents. Everyone loves them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red or green maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • 1. Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. For filling, combine brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt; mix in eggs and vanilla. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Chop cherries; fold into batter along with walnuts. Pour over crust. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. For frosting, beat butter and sugar in a bowl. Gradually stir in 3-4 tablespoons reserved cherry juice until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost bars; sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 169 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.