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Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

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Servings: 1
Categories: Bars / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:
    -----BASE-----
1/2  cup  Butter
1/4  cup  Sugar
1/3  cup  Cocoa
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
1    Egg, beaten
1  cup  Coconut, desiccated
1 3/4  cups  Graham wafer crumbs
1/2  cup  Almonds, chopped
    -----FILLING-----
1/4  cup  Butter, softened
1  tablespoon  Cherry juice
2  cups  Icing sugar
1/3  cup  Maraschino cherries, chopped
    -----TOP-----
2  ounces  Semisweet chocolate
1  tablespoon  Butter

Directions:
BASE: 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. FILLING: 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. TOP: Heat chocolate and butter, stirring until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill. Cut into bars. YIELD: 30 BARS SOURCE: _Tastefully Yours_, All Saint Kingsway Anglican Church, Toronto


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