Easy Coconut Cherry Bars

Easy Coconut Cherry Bars

It'll take only 15 minutes to turn a Betty Crocker® cake mix into these delightful bars. Try one of the quick and easy variations below and enjoy it your way.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

1:55

Hr:Mins

Makes

16

bars

1
box (1 lb 2.25 oz) Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
3/4
cup cold butter
1
egg, slightly beaten
1
cup flaked coconut
1/2
cup sliced almonds
2/3
cup cherry preserves (from 12-oz jar)
1/3
cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1
teaspoon almond extract
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, place cake mix. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through mix in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside 3/4 cup crumb mixture. Add egg to remaining crumb mixture in bowl, stirring just until blended. Press mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown around edges.
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix coconut, almonds and reserved crumb mixture; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave preserves on High 45 to 60 seconds or until warm and slightly melted. Stir in dried cherries and almond extract. Spoon warm preserves over partially baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved coconut mixture.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden. Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
Makes 16 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Substitute chopped walnuts or pecans for the almonds.
Recipe Variations Coconut Raspberry Bars: Use seedless raspberry preserves for the cherry preserves.
Coconut Blueberry Bars: Use seedless blueberry preserves for the cherry preserves.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 300
    • (Calories from Fat 120),
  • Total Fat 13g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 35mg;
  • Sodium 290mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 41g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.