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Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars




  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon cherry juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries


  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable shortening


  1. Grease a 9-inch square pan.
  2. Base: Cook butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract and egg in saucepan over low heat , stirring constantly until custard begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, crumbs and almonds. Pat firmly into prepared pan.
  3. Chill for 1 hour.
  4. Filling: Cream butter, cherry juice and extract. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar to a make a smooth spreading consistency. Stir in cherries. Spread over base and chill until firm.
  5. Topping: Heat chocolate and butter or vegetable shortening, stirring until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill.
  6. Cut into bars.

Yield: 30 bars


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