Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

While on my little 'almond' kick today I saw this recipe in my files and grinned. Cherry AND almond? In a bar!? Yum! My oldest daughter was asking me to make bars today (actually she begged me to make them last night but I told her I'd do it today instead while she was in school...) and this is looking like a top contender!!

*edited 8/20 to update after I made them and uploaded a photo!

Cherry Almond Nanaimo bars

½ cup Butter
¼ cup Sugar
⅓ cup Cocoa
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg; beaten
1 cup Coconut, shredded, sweetened
1¾ cup Graham wafer crumbs
½ cup Almonds - chopped
2 cup Powdered sugar
⅓ cup Maraschino cherries; chopped
¼ cup Butter; softened
1 tablespoon Cherry juice
drops of almond extract and vanilla extract
2 ounce Semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon Butter

Cook butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla & egg in saucepan over low heat heat, stirring constantly until custard begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, crumbs and almonds. Pat firmly into a greased 9 pan inch square pan. Chill for 1 hour.

Cream butter, cherry juice and extract. Gradually beat in icing sugar to a make a smooth spreading consistency. Stir in cherries. Spread over base and chill until firm.

Heat chocolate and butter, stirring until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill. Cut into bars.Print Friendly and PDF