Saturday, December 15, 2007


The Sparrow's Nest is hosting a Cyber Christmas Cookie Exchange. These are not exactly what you'd call a cookie - but it's a "bar" - so I hope it counts!

I found this old recipe card for a "dainty" called Cherry Bars. A pretty bland name. So I am officially renaming it - CherryLICIOUS Chews! This recipe belonged to my mother, and I remember her making this treat on occasion - for Christmas or for church functions. It looks like the recipe was cut from a magazine or an old cookbook.

I thought I'd give it a try this morning. And man, am I glad I did (well the part of me that is NOT concerned about my weight, was glad I did).

These cherry bars remind me of those chocolate covered cherries. Or back "home" when I was a girl I'd buy these little chocolate confections called "Cherry Blossoms"...kind of like a chocolate covered cherry but much, much larger. There is a flat bottomed chocolate/coconut ball that houses a runny/creamy/cherry/sugary syrup and a maraschino cherry.

The original cherry bar recipe did not include any chocolate - I added that to make it more Cherry Blossom-ish.

If you are trying to lose weight/watch what you eat or suffer from hyperactivity - DO NOT try this recipe. It will only tempt you. Don't think you can only try a little nibble and be satisfied. It doesn't work. Oh I first was only going to have a "taste" know baker's rights...then I needed a bit more of a taste. Then I was eating the "bad pieces" or edges that had to be cut off to make the squares look more shapely (and me less so).

Here is the recipe:

CherryLICIOUS Chews

1 1/2 c flour
1/4 c icing sugar
1/2 c soft butter

2 eggs
1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c coconut
1 c cut-up red glace cherries (all I had was a jar of maraschino cherries so I used those)
1/2 t almond flavoring
1/2 a hollow chocolate Santa Claus (sorry but I didn't have any other chocolate that would work for melting and drizzling on top)

Measure flour w/out sifting into bowl. Add icing sugar; stir well to blend. Blend in butter w/fingertips until mixture is very fine and mealy. Pat firmly into bottom of lightly greased 7x11" oblong pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 min. Remove from oven.

Beat eggs well then add brown sugar and beat until well mixed. Stir in cherries, coconut and almond flavoring.

Spread mixture evenly over partially baked based.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 min or until golden. When cool - melt your chocolate Santa Claus (or some other milk chocolate morsels) and drizzle over top, cut into bars - and devour. You can use as much or as little chocolate as you want. I wish I had thrown the whole Santa in the microwave to melt.


Beth said...

Mmmm! There are SO many things I love when I'm not thinking about nutrition or weight!! Just read your "Frugal Friday" post. I completely agree with your thoughts...esp the money saved vs. time expended consideration when choosing "the hard way" to save a buck. My husband has more than once told me to stop killing myself over saving some tiny amount.