A delicious square popular in our family during the holidays.

Laura
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, oats, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Rub in the 1/2 cup of butter until crumbly. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and cool. Make the filling while the crust is baking. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, almond extract, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until smooth. Stir in the coconut, cherries and pecans. Spread over the pre-baked crust.

  • Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until light brown. Let cool before icing.

  • To make the icing, mix together the remaining 6 tablespoons butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the reserved cherry juice until the desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; 9.9 g total fat; 33 mg cholesterol; 208 mg sodium. 49.5 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2006
Two recommendations - cut the cherries into quarters for better distribution throughout the mix and reduce the amount of frosting. I think I made my frosting with 3 cups of powdered sugar and there was still too much! I'd make just enough to put a pink drizzle over the top of the bars rather than coating the entire surface. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
They were easy enouph to prepare but I found with the addition of all that icing they were too sweet. Will either cut the icing by half or may try a cream cheese icing next time. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2006
Two recommendations - cut the cherries into quarters for better distribution throughout the mix and reduce the amount of frosting. I think I made my frosting with 3 cups of powdered sugar and there was still too much! I'd make just enough to put a pink drizzle over the top of the bars rather than coating the entire surface. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2006
Two recommendations - cut the cherries into quarters for better distribution throughout the mix and reduce the amount of frosting. I think I made my frosting with 3 cups of powdered sugar and there was still too much! I'd make just enough to put a pink drizzle over the top of the bars rather than coating the entire surface. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2006
Very good all the flavors come through. I chopped the cherries into small pieces with a food processor before putting them in which helped to distribute them better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
They were easy enouph to prepare but I found with the addition of all that icing they were too sweet. Will either cut the icing by half or may try a cream cheese icing next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
I just searched this recipe for fun on allrecipes as it is a family tradition for my husband's family. They've been a Christmas tradition for as long as he can remember (as a boy and he's over 50 now lol). They are loved by all the trick it to cut them very very small so that the sweetness is not overpowering. The joke in this family is that they were often made and frozen to have for Christmas but the boys would get into the freezer and none would be left by Christmas. Today they still eat them frozen half the time... give it a try! Glad to see this recipe on here! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
I made these for Christmas and they were an instant hit. Several people asked for the recipe as a must have at their own celebrations. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
These bars are so good there are no words to describe them all I can say is that I could eat the whole pan in one sitting! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2008
very yummy but for the cherries put in food processer it makes it much easyer Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2016
I will definitely make this again. Our guests loved it. I halved the ingredients for the drizzle and it was still too much. Maybe next time I won't even bother with the drizzle. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Absolutely fabulous..I used almonds instead of pecans and wow. They didn't last long at all. Read More