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Cranberry Coconut Bars

Beverly McClarren mixes cranberries, coconut and a little orange peel into the filling of her rich pecan bars. "I happened upon the recipe while watching television," notes the Findlay, Ohio baker. "Whenever i serve them, people ask for the recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 to 1-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, pecans, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Combine the eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla; add to the dry ingredients. Fold in the cranberries, coconut, pecans and orange zest. Pour over crust. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 200 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • galanh
    Dec 17, 2013

    I made this for a family Christmas gathering on Dec. 15 2013 it was a big hit. Everyone raved about it and asked for the recipe which I gladly shared. I reduced the sugar a bit and it is still very sweet, next time I will reduce the sugar again. You need to watch them rather closely and judge the doneness/browning. I had no difficulty getting them out of the pan and used a pizza wheel to divide them, it worked very well.I highly recommend this easy delicious recipe."

  • Cindy Schlutt
    Nov 27, 2011

    My mother-in-law used to make something similar only using canned cherry pie good and easy.

  • jimsgem
    Nov 23, 2011

    The directions are mixed with another recipe.

  • golliwog
    Nov 23, 2011

    There was no mention of reserving some of the topping???? As a seasoned baker l allowed for this but a novice would have been left in the lurch! otherwise not a bad square.

  • tbeckerphotos
    Nov 22, 2011

    No comment left

  • dlbastl
    Nov 22, 2011

    The picture for this recipie shows a topping. However the instructions say nothing about setting aside 1/2 of the crust ingredients to use as topping, or if there is something else to use for the topping - it just says to bake the crust, then add the filling and bake again - so what's that on top in the picture - or is this the wrong picture?

  • SueDonahue
    Nov 22, 2011

    The way the directions are written for this recipe does not match the photo. I'm sure some of the crust ingredients should be reserved to sprinkle on top, but how much?

  • Revelee
    Nov 22, 2011

    You have two recipes on your site.? The above, Cranberry Pecan Bars is different than the Coconut Cranberry Bars I was questioning.? I'll figure out what to do by myself.

  • Revelee
    Nov 22, 2011

    Sounds delicious. However, I don't think the instructions are correct. The picture shows a top crust, but the directions say to fold in the cranberries AND the coconut, pecans and orange peel. No directions for the topping. Mistake??? Would love to try these.

  • Kim Ostrowski
    Oct 31, 2008

    Fabulous way to take advantage of fresh cranberries and create the perfect fall dessert!