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Tropical Bars

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Ingredients
  Sifted all purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), packed
  Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Brown sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs), packed
  Rum extract 1 Teaspoon
  Sifted all purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Flaked coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cut up maraschino cherries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Well drained crushed pineapple 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9-inch square cake pan.
Sift 1 cup flour and 1/4 tsp.salt into bowl.
Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and blend lightly.
Add butter and work into dry ingredients first with a fork and then with fingers until mixture is crumbly.
Press firmly into bottom of prepared pan.
Bake 15 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Beat egg thoroughly.
Add 1 cup brown sugar gradually, beating well after each addition.
Beat in rum extract.
Sift 1/2 cup flour, baking powder and 1/4 tsp.salt together into mixture and stir to blend.
Stir in coco-nut, cherries and pineapple.
Spread over hot pastry layer and return to oven.
Bake about 35 minutes or until well browned.
Cool in pan and cut in bars.

Recipe Summary

Method: 
Baked
Course: 
Fruit Dessert

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