Recipe by Marcia
"Shortbread-type base with a coconut, nuts, and cherry meringue-type topping"
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maraschino cherries, quartered
Excellent flavor! Bake the base for 15-20 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. Bake until golden brown on top. Cool on wire rack. Cut with a sharp knife and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
This is much better with toasted slivered almonds instead of walnuts, and real cherries instead of maraschinos.
This has been a bar I've made for years. My husband has to have it every Christmas. I too double the recipe. I also bake the crust for a 20 minutes. I found it works well to lower the temperatue of the oven to 325 degrees during the last ten minutes of baking. Then the edges don't get so brown. compared to the outside edges
Also one of my favorite childhood recipes. The only problem is that they go too quickly. I like to double to recipe and make it in a 13x9 inch pan.
The first time I made these I thought they were wonderful. I love coconut and cherry mixed together. May try a batch with almonds next time.
These are yummy. I used almost 3/4 cup cherries. as another reviewer suggested, I used almonds (did not have real cherries). Does anyone have an opinion, which is better- sour or sweet?? I rated it a 4 star- recipe did not state whether butter should be cold or soft, and it was not ready after baking 25 min. I baked it til golden brown with great results- a delicate, crispy layer on top-soft and chew in the middle. UPDATE: I tried it with fresh sweet cherries. The batter looked so wet-so I added 1/8-1/4 cup flour. A mistake! It came out too dense-like a heavy cake. Still a great recipe. Next time: It will be sour cherries- with no extra flour.
Great bars, they received lots of good comments.
Only thingid that the crust had a hard time staying together when taken out of the pan. Let it cool completely!!
Very good, but I had to cook them longer than the recipe stated.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cherry Coconut Bars
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 129
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