Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cookie-A-Day #4 Cherry Coconut Bars

Have a cherry bar this Christmas
It's the best one of the bunch
I don't know, how far they'll go
So have one with your lunch
Have a cherry bar this Christmas
It's not been on the floor
Tastes so good, like cookies should, so you'll come back for more.
Oh, but, the coconut.Sprinkled to and fro.
Goes on the cherry bar.
It's not just for show.
Have a cherry bar this Christmas.
And in case you didn't hear.
Oh by golly, have a cherry bar this Christmas.
This year.

1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cold butter (no substitutes)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries
1/2 cup flaked coconut

In a bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
For filling, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the egg mixture. Stir in walnuts, cherries and coconut. Spread over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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