Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cherry Pecan Coconut Bars

Ahhh.... I finally took a little well-deserved time off to do some basket weaving with my friends Faith, Dar, and of course, Basket Master Nancy. Nancy offered to help me figure out how to weave a "Peanut Basket turned into a Prayer Basket", for which we had no pattern. Nancy generously provided pizza for our evening of weaving, so I offered to bring dessert. I whipped up my chewy, buttery, Cherry Pecan Coconut bars for all of the ladies to enjoy. Below is my recipe...

Chewy Cherry Pecan Coconut Bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup chopped pecans (but you could substitute walnuts)
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I use Mexican vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare crust: Combine flour, powdered sugar, and butter in medium sized mixing bowl. Cut butter into flour/sugar using a pastry blender or two butter knives. Press mixture into an 8" square baking pan. Bake 18-23 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven.
3. Prepare filling: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. (I added the cherries last, because I was afraid the whole thing would turn pink... not that this is necessarily a bad thing!) Spoon on top of crust and spread evenly.
4. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
5. Cool completely before cutting into bars. This recipe will make 16 bars of chewy goodness. Be careful to make them right before your event if they are a contribution to a potluck or a party. The have a tendency to disappear very quickly!
Hugs and blessings~


  1. Ooohhh, that looks SOOOO good! I wish I lived closer....sounds like a good time, and of course I'm always up for pizza and sweets!
    But what is a prayer basket? Requestson one side and then move them to the other when answered? It sounds cool!

  2. Juliana~

    You are right on target! With a peanut basket you have unshelled peanuts on one side of the basket, and once you crack open the peanuts you deposit the shells into the other basket. With a "prayer basket" you have slips of paper with prayers (or people/situations for which you want to pray) in the "prayers to be made" side. Once you have "prayed" your chosen slip, it gets deposited into the "prayed" side of the basket. Recycle prayers as often as needed :-)

    I think the "prayer basket" is one of the sweetest projects I've ever seen!

    By the way... We wish you lived closer, too. We'd love to have more weavers join us for a "ladies night" weave!

    Hugs and blessings~

  3. Speaking from first hand experience, Oh so yummy!!!


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