Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg; beaten
1 cup coconut, desiccated
1 3/4 cup graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup almonds; chopped

1/4 cup butter; softened
1 tablespoon cherry juice
2 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup maraschino cherries; chopped

2 oz semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter

BASE: Cook butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla & egg in saucepan over low heat heat, stirring constantly until custard begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, crumbs and almonds. Pat firmly into a greased 9 pan inch square pan. Chill for 1 hour.

FILLING: Cream butter, cherry juice and extract. Gradually beat in icing sugar to a make a smooth spreading consistency. Stir in cherries. Spread over base and chill until firm.

TOP: Heat chocolate and butter, stirring until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill. Cut into bars.
YIELD: 30 Bars

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