RASPBERRY COCONUT SQUARES

These tasty bars consist of a graham cracker crust covered with raspberry jam and a fluffy coconut topping. Serve them with afternoon tea or as a light dessert.

Yield: Makes 48.

RASPBERRY COCONUT SQUARES

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold butter
  • 2 cups (500 mL) graham wafer crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) raspberry jam, sieved
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 4 cups (1 L) flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Cut butter into small pieces. Combine crumbs, flour and 1 cup (250 mL) sugar.
  2. Add butter and work in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Beat 2 eggs with vanilla.
  3. Add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork to blend. Press evenly onto bottom of a lightly greased 12x17 inch (30x43 cm) jelly-roll pan.
  4. Carefully spread jam evenly over crust. Beat softened butter and 1 cup (250 mL) sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in remaining 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add coconut and combine thoroughly.
  6. Spread coconut mixture as evenly as possible over jam. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on wire rack. Chill before cutting. Squares may be frozen.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

147 calories, 6.6 g fat, 1.5 g protein, 21.1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fibre, 74 mg sodium