Cheery Cherry Macaroon Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 3/4 cups sweetened coconut flakes
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  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 13 red or green Maraschino cherries, halved and drained

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9 inch square baking pan. Stir together crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven; leave oven on. Stir together coconut, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, flour, and salt. Add egg whites, egg, and almond extract. Spread mixture over crumb mixture, press in cherry halves. Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover, cut into bars. 25 bars.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

Is it really 1 cup of almond EXTRACT? That sounds like a lot!

Editor's Note: It should be 1 tsp. Sorry about that.

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June 6, 20060 found this helpful

What is graham crackers?

Editor's Note: Graham crackers are very common in the U.S. They are slightly sweet flat biscuits made from graham flour. They crush up nicely for baking. Here's a link about them:

http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/biscuits/previous.php3?item=115

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