Romance Bars

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Chewy bar cookies with coconut, walnuts and maraschino cherries. This recipe was passed on to me by my mother-in-law. They are a Christmas tradition in our family, but I think they're perfect for Valentine's Day.

1
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup flour and 1 tablespoon white sugar. Stir in melted butter. Spread thinly over the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.

  2. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar , 2 tablespoons flour, and baking powder. Mix in the eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. Stir in the walnuts, coconut and maraschino cherries. Pour the mixture over the prepared crust.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is light brown. Cool completely before frosting. To make the frosting, mix together 3 tablespoons butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in water, milk, almond extract and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Let stand until firm, then slice into squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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