Coconut Cherry and Chocolate Bars

Cherries, coconut, and chocolate plus cream cheese all combine to make these bars totally scrumptious!

Once a month we have a Fellowship Dinner at our church. That means we are requested to bring a salad or appetizer, a main dish, and some dessert.

Oftentimes, I focus more on doing the main dish as I often try to make a Filipino dish which depending on the recipe can require some prep time.

Cherry Bars

It is during this time when I wish to make a simple dessert that won’t compete for attention with the main dish.

So I did some google search and looked for a dessert that uses a cake mix, after all, I already had one on hand, it was just a case of what do I do with it.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Bars

I found quite a few recipes online for Coconut Cherry Bars and they truly looked delicious.

However, I find that they ask for too much sugar on the recipe like 2 1/2 cups of icing sugar on top of having sweetened cherries and choco chips at that.

While I like sweets, I don’t like it to be so sugary to the point of being sickening. I want a touch of sweetness but a hint of something else that would provide some contrast to the sweetness would be even better.

Cherry Bars

Then I thought of adding cream cheese as that surely would be a nice and creamy contrast to the sweetness of the other ingredients. So as not to mask the cream cheese taste, I only used about 1/2 cup of icing sugar.

After all, the cake mix is already sweet and the maraschino cherries and choco chips would also add extra sweetness so there’s no need to overdo it with more sugar.

This formula and the addition of 3/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut to the mix truly make these cookie bars sublime. It’s still quite sweet but not sickly sweet! Please enjoy!

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR COCONUT CHERRY CHOCOLATE BARS?

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
1 box white cake mix
3 large Eggs
1/2 cup confectioner’s Sugar
1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese, softened
1/2- 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
1 (10 oz) bottle Maraschino Cherries, drained and coarsely chopped

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT CHERRY CHOCOLATE BARS?

Preheat the oven to 325F.  You need a 9 x 13 baking dish/pan for this.

Stir together the melted butter, cake mix and 1 egg until moistened. Press evenly over the prepared pan.

Using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, sugar and the remaining eggs until relatively smooth and free of big lumps.

Stir in the chocolate chips, shredded coconut and the cherries. Spread evenly over the cake mix layer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed lightly. Let cool fully in the pan before slicing.

Cut into squares. Makes 20-24 bars. Enjoy!

Cherries, coconut and chocolate plus cream cheese all combine to make these bars totally scrumptious!

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Coconut Cherry and Chocolate Bars

Cherries, coconut and chocolate plus cream cheese all combine to make these Coconut Cherry and Chocolate Bars bars totally scrumptious!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Coconut Cherry and Chocolate Bars
Servings 24
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 large Eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioner’s Sugar
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet or dark Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • 10 oz bottle Maraschino Cherries, drained and coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. You need a 9 x 13 baking dish/pan for this.
  2. Stir together the melted butter, cake mix and 1 egg until moistened. Press evenly over the prepared pan.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, sugar and the remaining eggs until relatively smooth and free of big lumps.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, shredded coconut and the cherries. Spread evenly over the cake mix layer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed lightly. Let cool fully in the pan before slicing.
  5. Cut into squares. Makes 20-24 bars. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cherry and Chocolate Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 164IU3%
Vitamin C 0.04mg0%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments

  1. September 3, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I've actually never seen bars like these before, but love that you tempered the sugars. So many cake mix recipes are over-the-top sweet.

  2. September 3, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Do these ever look good! I love coconut anything so I know these would my cup of tea. Since cherry season is gone I would probably use another fruit in its place (even if they are jarred, haha) 🙂

  3. September 4, 2015 / 4:13 am

    Nice use of cherries and coconut. These bars can be so perfect for a snack or quick dessert

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