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Cherry Chocolate Squares :rectnt *PIC*

Cherry Chocolate Squares

An exquisite no-bake square. It has a chocolate base and top, with a cherry center. So pretty. So special. - Jean Pare

Makes 36 dainty squares

Ingredients:
Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 large egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Second Layer:
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Third Layer:
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:
Bottom Layer:
Put butter, sugar and cocoa into heavy saucepan over medium heat.
When melted, stir in fork-beaten egg and cook until thickened slightly.
Remove from heat.
Stir in crumbs, coconut, walnuts and water.
Press very firmly into ungreased 9x9 inch pan.

Second Layer:
Beat butter, cherry juice, almond flavoring and powdered sugar together well. (Beat slowly at first to keep sugar from flying all over).
Blot cherries with paper towels and stir in.
Drop dabs here and there over first layer then spread.
Let stand for 10 minutes or so.
Using your hand, pat smooth.

Third Layer:
Melt butter in small saucepan.
Add chocolate chips and stir to melt.
Pour over top of second layer.
With teaspoon, smooth over all.
(Work quickly so as not to bring any second layer up to the top).
Chill.
Cuts into 36 squares.


From Company's Coming - Holiday Entertaining by Jean Pare.

LuAnn comments: I made a vegan version of these for Valentine's Day, and they were indeed "exquisite", both in appearance and taste! (Imagine a chocolate-covered cherry, transformed into a bar). Picture below was taken by LuAnn, and is unretouched.

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