Coconut Jam Squares. A deliciously simple cookie bar recipe that can be made with any favourite jam you like.
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Coconut Jam Squares, a traditional favourite.
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!
You might also want to try our recipe for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars:
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Coconut Jam Squares - a deliciously simple cookie bar recipe that can be made with any favourite jam you like.
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
To prepare the cookie base
- Pulse together the flour, butter sugar and vanilla in a food processor until crumbly or just rub together with your hands until crumbly.
- Press into the bottom of a well greased or parchment lined 9x9 inch baking pan.
- Spread on the jam in an even layer.
To prepare the Top Layer
- Beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until foamy.
- Mix together the coconut, baking powder and flour.
- Gently fold the dry ingredients into the beaten egg mixture.
- Drop the topping by heaping tablespoons all over the jam covered base. Spread carefully and evenly over the surface.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 35- 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Cool thoroughly on a wire rack before cutting into squares or bars.
- Store in airtight plastic containers in the freezer if not serving them all at once.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 12gProtein 2g