Tested till perfect Cherry Coconut Squares
Cherry Coconut Squares
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Cherry Coconut Squares

No-bake recipes take the chore out of making squares.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: December 2004

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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  • Portion size 24 to 32 squares


  • 7 oz 7ozwhite chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp 1tspgrated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbutter
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupwhipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsdried cherries or dried cranberries or slivered apricots
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupdesiccated coconut
  • 2-1/4 cups 2-1/4cupsshortbread cookieshortbread cookies or vanilla wafer cookies


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter, melted
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsporange juice
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspwhipping cream
  • 2 cups 2cupsicing sugar
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Line 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan with parchment paper to extend 1 inch (2.5 cm) above rim on 2 sides, or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, combine white chocolate with orange rind; set aside. In small saucepan, heat butter with cream over medium heat until steaming; pour over chocolate mixture and stir until melted. Stir in cherries and coconut. Stir in cookie crumbs in 2 batches until blended. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Icing: In bowl, stir together butter, orange juice and cream; stir in icing sugar in 2 batches. Spread over cherry mixture and smooth using offset metal spatula dipped in hot water, shaking off excess water. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Using parchment paper handles, transfer to cutting board; peel paper from sides. Wiping knife with damp cloth between cuts, trim edges and cut into bars or squares as desired.

Nutritional Information Per each of 32 squares: about

cal 161 pro 1g total fat 9g sat. fat 5g
carb 21g fibre 1g chol 17mg sodium 76mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 2 vit A 5 vit C 2
folate 2
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