Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cherry Coconut Bars

Here's another great cherry recipe to take advantage of that glorious summer fruit. They come together quite quickly and are SO delicious. Almonds, coconut and cherries on a shortbread crust - perfection!

Start by making the crust: combine the flour, powdered sugar

and butter in a food processor.

Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (If you don't have a food processor, you can use a mixer, or you can cut in the butter by hand with a pastry blender or two knives.)

Press the crust mixture into a greased 9 inch pan.

Bake this for 10 minutes. While the crust bakes, you can prepare the filling. You don't even need a mixer for this - just a bowl, whisk and spoon! In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten. Then add the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, coconut,


almonds and

almond extract.

Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients and then pour the filling over the crust.

Bake for another 25-30 minutes or until the filling is set.

Let the bars cool completely before you cut them. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Cherry Coconut Bars

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp. powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped cherries
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon almond extract

In a food processor, combine the 1 cup flour, powdered sugar and butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Alternatively you can use a mixer.) Press the crust mixture into a greased 9" pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat eggs with a whisk. Stir in sugar, coconut, 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, salt, cherries, almonds and almond extract. Spread over baked crust.

Bake for another 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Source: Chefanies


  1. These bars look and sound amazing. Yummy!

  2. These bars sound marvelous! I can almost taste the sweet gooey cherries right now :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  3. This sounds so yummy! I was just reading about all the health benefits that coconut has... All the more reason to make these as soon as possible!

  4. These look so good. Always looking for new ways to use up cherries. Will be in season soon here in Australia. Thanks! (Popping over from Miz Helen's.)

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  5. Hi Sara,
    I just love the addition of the coconut to this great recipe. These bars look so delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I love cherries and almonds together - what a great recipe! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

  7. I am not a fan of coconut but this look so good that I will have to try it.

  8. I love coconut bars, I'll have to try the addition of cherries. Sounds delicious!


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