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Coconut Date and Cherry Christmas Squares
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5 from 2 votes

Coconut Date and Cherry Christmas Squares

Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword Christmas, dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • For the squares
  • butter or oil to grease the pan
  • cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • cups fine coconut about 7 ounces (for metric use the unit conversion toggle below the ingredients list)
  • 2 cups chopped dates about 8½ ounces
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped about 2½ ounces
  • not glace cherries
  • For the butter icing
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar Icing sugar is also known as confectioner’s sugar.
  • 4 tablespoons milk, cream or half and half You may not need it all.
  • For the chocolate drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips You can use a couple of squares of semi sweet chocolate instead


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (about 160℃).
  • Grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan lightly.
  • Mix everything together thoroughly in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. (It really is that easy!)
  • Transfer the mixture into the baking pan, pressing it down lightly.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until very pale golden brown. I always check after 15 minutes and regularly thereafter.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • When the squares are completely cool, make the icing.
  • Blend together butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer.
  • Gradually add enough milk, cream or half and half to make a spreadable frosting.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled squares.
  • Melt the chocolate carefully drizzle over the icing.
  • Cover and place the pan of squares in the fridge to chill. Cut in small squares when cold.
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