Cherry Coconut Bars

  • Yield 24 servings

Coconut, maraschino cherries and walnuts make these dessert bars a star.

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High Cotton Food Styling & Photography

"These bars have been a family favorite for nearly 50 years. I was a new mother in December 1959, when a neighbor brought over a plate of these bars along with a baby gift a few days after I arrived home."

Ingredients

Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
Filling:
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To prepare crust, combine flour, powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl; mix well. Press into an 8-inch-square baking dish. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden.
  3. To prepare filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Spoon on top of crust and spread evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

– Patty Strickland, Waverly, Ohio

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