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Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares

 Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares
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
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold reduced-fat butter
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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Coconut-Cherry Cream Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.