Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Canada Day Cookies! (AKA Raspberry Coconut Bars)

First of all, these are not actually cookies - they're "squares". But "Canada Day Squares" sounded like I was referring to a group of un-hip people. So I took the liberty of naming them, and then REnaming them.

A few days ago, I poked around on the internets, in search of clever treats that I could whip up for our Canada Day picnic. Unfortunately, I was greeted by lots of recipes that called for red jello and cool whip, and while I have on occasion enjoyed both of these things, I was interested in baking something with a little more substance.

And then I remembered all manner of delicious squares that The Mums used to whip up, and that childhood memory led me to a recipe that I thought might work. Ultimately, I wanted to make something that was red and white(ish). What better to fit the bill than a raspberry and coconut square with a shortbread crust!

These did not disappoint. They were a brilliant combination of sweet with a hint of tart (thanks raspberry jam!). And who doesn't love a shortbread crust? I did tweak the recipe I found on the internet and here's how it went:

Canada Day Cookies (AKA Raspberry Coconut Bars)

For the Shortbread Crust
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour

For the topping
2/3 heaping cups raspberry jam (be generous)
1/4 cup melter butter
1 1/3 cup coconut (sweetened), plus a handful to sprinkle over the top
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon sugar

Cream together 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy.
Add 1 egg, vanilla and flour and blend well. Pat the mixture into a well greased 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking pan.
Slather raspberry jam over the shortbread crust.

Mix together the melted butter, coconut, 2 eggs and tsp of sugar.
Spread this evenly over the layer of jam.
Sprinkle a generous handful of coconut over the top.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Cool in pan and then cut into squares!


  1. You forgot the celebrity endorsement quotes, like, "Nobody better &%$#ing near my Canada day bars." Because they were that good.

  2. OK the bars top it. FORGET Mr Man, after all these seductive baked goods and cheese laden sins, I'm proposing.

  3. @Annie - I think I was still too full from the picnic so my mind was all hazy from the food hangover!! My apologies as your endorsement is truly spectacular!
    @Bunklelife - hells yeah! Let's just move to Utah where I think we can all three of us get hitched!!!

  4. Contractor & Amazing Cook-woman - my life would be complete (even in Utah - but I'm not wearing any of those poofy sleeved long dresses...just saying)

  5. I am SOOOO with you on the "No poofy sleeved long dresses" front. I accidentally did some wanna-be-second-generation-hippie version of that many years ago. It was not pretty.

  6. These are very simular to my Wicked Awesome Raspberry Shortbread Bars. The combination of tart raspberries and sweet coconut is yummy. see my recipe at