Fruit Cocktail Squares Recipe
- 1 (8 ounce) can fruit cocktail
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
- ½ cup flaked coconut
- ¼ cup maraschino cherries, chopped
step 1: Drain the fruit cocktail and reserve 1/3 cup of the syrup. Add the 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry syrup to the reserved fruit cocktail syrup. Chop the drained fruit, and set it aside.
step 2: Stir together in a bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
step 3: In a large bowl, cream together the butter or margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
step 4: Add the flour mixture, alternating with the syrups, to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in the chopped fruit, the coconut and the cherries.
step 5: Spread dough into a greased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle sifted confectioners' sugar over the top if desired. Cut into squares.