5 from 1 vote
Cherry Coconut Bars {traditional and gluten free recipes}
Servings: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • Crust Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour *
  • * Substitute 1/3 cup tapioca starch plus 2/3 cup brown rice flour for a gluten free recipe.
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  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pitted and diced fresh sweet cherries about 2 cups worth whole cherries
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour **
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice about 1/2 the juice of a small lemon
  • ** Substitute 1/4 cup brown rice flour for a gluten free recipe.
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the butter, sugar and flour for the crust and press the mixture into the bottom of a well-greased or parchment lined 10” square pan. Doubling this recipe will fill a 9x13 pan. Bake for 12 minutes (or 15 minutes for a doubled recipe).
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  3. Remove from the oven and let the crust cool for 10 minutes while preparing the filling. Place the diced cherries and 1 cup of shredded coconut in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar and salt. Stir to coat. Mix together the eggs, almond extract and lemon juice and stir into the cherry mixture.
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  5. Pour the filling over the crust and top with the remaining coconut. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until the coconut turns golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
Notes

If you would like to double this recipe, it will fill a standard 9x13 pan. You can make this recipe in an 8, 9 or 10 inch square pan. Simply increase the cooking times by a minute or two for slightly thicker bars in the smaller size pans. If you decide to double the recipe, the bars freeze well and thaw perfectly in less than an hour.