Chocolate cherry shortbread bars

Prep 30 min
Plus Refrigeration Time: 120 minutes, Baking Time: 50 minutes
Makes 36 bars

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Ingredients

2 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
sifted icing sugar
1 cup
cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup
dried cherries
1 cup
coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
4
1 tsp
2 cups
packed brown sugar
1 cup
unsweetened dessiccated coconut
1 cup
semi-sweet chocolate chips
56 g
melted white chocolate, or icing sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • FOR base, preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly spray or oil bottom and sides of a 9×13-in. (3-L) baking dish. In a food processor, whirl flour with icing sugar until blended. Add butter. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. Or, in a bowl, using a fork, stir flour with icing sugar until blended. Using a pastry blender, 2 knives or your fingertips, cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Press over bottom of prepared dish. Bake in centre of oven until light golden around edges, 25 to 30 min.
  • MEANWHILE, coarsely chop cherries and prepare walnuts. In a small bowl, stir flour with baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with vanilla. Then whisk in brown sugar until mixed. Gradually stir in flour mixture just until combined. Then stir in cherries, nuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Pour over hot baked crust and spread evenly.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until filling is set and edges are deep golden, from 25 to 30 min. Cool on a rack. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before cutting. Bars will keep well tightly covered or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month. Drizzle melted white chocolate over warm bars or dust with icing sugar just before slicing into bars.
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