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Cherry-Coconut Slices

My mother got this recipe from a woman named Emmie Oddie, a well-known home economist in Canada who had a column in a farming newspaper. Oddie would test reader recipes in her own kitchen and write about it. These tasty sweets are so rich that you need only a small piece. —Judy Olson, Whitecourt, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    32 bars


  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix cracker crumbs, marshmallows, coconut and cherries; stir in condensed milk and flavoring. Press into a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl; cool until lukewarm, about 15 minutes. Stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over crumb mixture; refrigerate until set, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note
Look for unsweetened coconut in the baking or natural foods section.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 169 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • karen
    Jun 1, 2020

    Can you actually cut this into 32 bars???? In an 8X8 pan ??? I really wish that cooks submitting recipes wouldn't try to make the dessert appear to have less calories/carbs etc. by suggesting they be cut into minuscule pieces. You aren't fooling anyone.

  • Adele
    May 16, 2020

    These are great! I made them for Christmas using red *and* green marascino cherries for a festive look. They're great to take to children's functions, more particularly when you are looking for a nut-free option.