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Coconut Jam Squares

Coconut Jam Squares. A deliciously simple cookie bar recipe that can be made with any favourite jam you like.

Coconut Jam Squares

Coconut Jam Squares

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Today’s recipe is a popular one that you see in many local bakeries here in Newfoundland. It really does remind me of tempting trays of goodies everyone seems to put out at Christmas; this cookie square is very often to be found on them.

This tasty little treat is also a versatile recipe that can be made with any favourite jam. Any red berry jam is traditional but you can use any you like, red or not.

In this particular version I mixed together 3 different red berry jams to use up what was left in the jars in the fridge. I found strawberry, raspberry and partridgeberry and mixed them all together. What a delicious combination!

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Coconut Jam Squares
Yield: 25 cookie Bars

Coconut Jam Squares

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Coconut Jam Squares - a deliciously simple cookie bar recipe that can be made with any favourite jam you like.

Ingredients

For the Cookie Base

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the centre

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups red berry jam, any favorite jam can be substituted

For the coconut top layer

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp flour

Instructions

To prepare the cookie base

  1. Pulse together the flour, butter sugar and vanilla in a food processor until crumbly or just rub together with your hands until crumbly.
  2. Press into the bottom of a well greased or parchment lined 9x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Spread on the jam in an even layer.

To prepare the Top Layer

  1. Beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until foamy.
  2. Mix together the coconut, baking powder and flour.
  3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the beaten egg mixture.
  4. Drop the topping by heaping tablespoons all over the jam covered base. Spread carefully and evenly over the surface.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35- 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  6. Cool thoroughly on a wire rack before cutting into squares or bars.
  7. Store in airtight plastic containers in the freezer if not serving them all at once.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

25

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 12gProtein 2g

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Leah

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Ummm.... I've made almost exactly this same recipe before except baked the shortbreacrust before topping with remaining ingredients and returning to the oven. I was wondering why this recipe didn't include this step. I followed the instructions but the crust has not firmed up at all. It was very runny - certainly not sliceable (the topping seemed fine).

Dave Lavender

Monday 9th of July 2018

Made the Coconut Jam Squares and followed recipe to the letter. They were delicious! That being said, here are a couple alterations I'll try when I make them again this afternoon:

1. Used 1.5 (1 1/2) cups of raspberry jam the first time, but will use just 0.75 (3/4 cup) this time. 2. Instead of 2 eggs as listed for the coconut topping, I will use just the 2 egg WHITES.

Also, I used a 8x11 glass baking dish instead of the 9x9 called for in the recipe, and kept the baking temperature at 350°. The bottom was done to perfection. The top was fine, though a bit crusty, which is what I hope to avoid by using just the whites of the eggs.

Wish me luck! 😉

Betty Evans

Friday 23rd of March 2018

Hi Barry, I've been looking for a recipe of a square that has a bottom, and the partridgeberries are left whole. Do you have any ideas. Would appreciate any ideas you have. Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Never made them like that before, Sorry.

Linda

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

I found that a slight layer of the top of these cookies came off when I cut them out. What did I do wrong? I took them out just as they were turning brown.

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 9th of November 2017

Perhaps a little under baked?

Jennie

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Ever tried it with sweetened coconut, instead of plain with added sugar? Going to give these a shot tomorrow. They look grea.

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