Chocolate Cherry Macaroon Bars

Author: Canadian Living

Capture the coconutty essence of macaroon cookies in an easy-to-slice bar. They're just as tasty without the chocolate drizzle on top.

  • Portion size 40 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Best: 2001

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
Filling:
  • 3 cups sweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherry
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped

Method

Grease 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan; line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Using wooden spoon, stir in flour, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time. Sift cocoa over top; stir until combined. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, stir together coconut, condensed milk and cherries. Spread over base. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate. Drizzle evenly over filling. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per bar:</b> about

  • Sodium 73 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 166.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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