Recipe by Joanna
"A dream of a bar cookie. Sweet with glacé cherries, coconut and chocolate chips. Bite into a square and dream away."
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packed brown sugar
packed brown sugar
candied cherries, quartered
semisweet chocolate chips
My Aunt made a version of Dream Squares when I was a kid and I loved them. This recipe is pretty darn close. I made one small change. I increased the cherries to 1 cup and reduced the choc chips to 1/2 cup. I love cherries. Keep a close eye when pre-baking the crust. I sometimes cook it a few extra minutes if it looks too soft. It shouldn't be brown, just not look completely raw. I have made this many times trying other fruit/nut/choc combinations. It is great with white choc. I made a version with chopped apricot, white choc and pecans it was very delicious, but I did add a Tablespoon of white corn syrup as the topping looked a little dry. A great recipe to play with. My next try is with candied pineapple. I haven't decided which chips to use. Probably white but I think butterscotch might be nice as well.
These were pretty good. All of my co-workers thought they were quite dreamy!
I must be doing something wrong because these did not set at all! The top remained a gooey batter. Mind you it smelled delicious and tasted good too (I couldn't help myself) I definitely didn't want to serve them to company in that state.
This is a good base, but definitely needs much less chocolate and a lot more cherries. I would say half the chocolate and double the cherries. I think if you were to sprinkle the chocolate on you would have a better idea of amount needed. But it did have a good base, and the gooey cherry and chocolate was really good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 291
** Calories from Fat: 135
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