TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, quartered

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 210 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Press into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the egg, sugar, flour, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Stir in the almonds, coconut and cherries. Spread over crust.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Cut into squares while still warm. Yield: 8 bars.
Originally published as Cherry Coconut Bars in Cooking for 2 Winter 2006, p47

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