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Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares Recipe
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Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares Recipe

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You'll be wowed by these cherry-topped delights. With a delectable coconut-custard filling and a thin golden crust, one square will satisfy your sweet tooth. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold reduced-fat butter
  • FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1 can (20 ounces) reduced-sugar cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 142 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, coconut and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the flour, sugar, sugar substitute and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  4. Gently stir in coconut and extract. Pour over crust. Refrigerate until set. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener and Land O'Lakes stick light butter. Look for Splenda in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
Originally published as Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p44

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 142 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

I made this yesterday and thought the coconut cream middle was bland and rather tasteless.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

I tried this because of my husband's dietary needs. It was easy to make and tastes very good. We will be making this regularly.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

Really yummy. It was a hit at a ladies gathering last week. Thank you!

Will definitely make this again. Very easy.

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

Made this for my company last week and everyone loved it.Would make it again as it is fast and easy.

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Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

Made this for the first time and my husband loved it. Great combination with the coconut and cherries. He loves coconut and wants me to make it again.

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