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:
- 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
- 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.
Visit www.nationalcherries.com for more recipes and information.
Serving Size: Makes about 48 Bars