Ontario Red Tart Cherry Bars

These festive red and white bars are bursting with fresh Ontario Chilled and Pitted Cherries, white chocolate and coconut. Stock your freezer with Ontario Red Tart Cherry pails to make these treats year-round. Make sure to drain the cherries well by using a sieve and patting cherries dry on paper towels.

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter 125 ml
1/4 cup white chocolate chips 50 ml
1 cup granulated sugar 250 ml
2 eggs 2
1 cup all-purpose flour 250 ml
1/2 tsp baking powder 2 ml
1 cup thawed, well-drained Ontario Chilled and Pitted Cherries, halved 250 ml
1/2 cup flaked coconut 125 ml
1/2 tsp almond extract 2 ml

Directions

  1. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove from heat; add chips and stir until melted.
  3. Stir in sugar and extract; add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended.
  4. In small bowl, combine flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture.
  5. Fold in cherries and coconut.
  6. Pour into lightly greased 8-inch (20-cm) square pan.
  7. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.