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.
box (1 lb 2.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
cup cold butter
egg, slightly beaten
cup flaked coconut
cup sliced almonds
cup cherry preserves (from 12-oz jar)
cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
teaspoon almond extract
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
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.
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.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden. Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
Substitute chopped walnuts or pecans for the almonds.
Coconut Raspberry Bars: Use seedless raspberry preserves for the cherry preserves.
Coconut Blueberry Bars: Use seedless blueberry preserves for the cherry preserves.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
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;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.