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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.

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 16

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

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

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.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
25g
25%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
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.

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