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Chewy Cherry Bars

Contributed by: NAPSA

Raising The Bar On Desserts

(NAPSA) - An easy way to add color, flavor and fun to many desserts and snacks can be with maraschino cherries. Keep a jar or two on hand to add a fun touch to many standby favorites, such as pound cake, thumbprint cookies or these delightful treats:


    Chewy Cherry Bars
  • Crust:

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
    • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • Filling:

    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cup coconut
    • 2 10-oz. jars maraschino cherries, drained and coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


For the crust, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda in mixing bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.

For the filling, beat eggs, brown sugar and vanilla together thoroughly. Combine flour and baking powder; stir into egg mixture, mixing well. Stir in coconut, maraschino cherries and pecans. Spread evenly over crust. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely.

Drizzle with icing, if desired.

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Serving Size: Makes about 48 Bars

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