Cherry coconut and chocolate squares

8 May


Here’s a fun fact: I dislike cucumbers but love pickles. In sorta the same vein I dislike fresh cherries but love Cherry Ripes. I’m not a massive chocolate fan [it was a different story when I was a teen] but when the choc urge strikes it just HAS to be a Cherry Ripe. The makers occasionally taunt me with a ‘limited edition’ extra dark chocolate version of Cherry Ripe but once they have been discontinued I go into mourning. Every time I’m in a $2 shop I greedily search out any left-over stock but it often amounts to disappointment and heart-break.

When I found a recipe for this easy slice that contained many of the ingredients of a Cherry Ripe I was hooked. You can find it in Family Circle’s Biscuits and Slices book, which is an oldie but a goody. This is ideal for a morning tea as it can thrown together easily and you’re likely to have most [if not all] of the ingredients in your pantry. Switch the dark chocolate for milk or even white if you like – feel free to be a rebel and mix it up. As is my wont I reduced the amount of sugar and changed a few others things too.




1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup sugar

125g butter, melted

50g dark chocolate


1 cup glace cherries, finely snipped

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup chopped almonds [the original used pecans]

2 lightly beaten eggs



Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 30cmx25cmx2cm shallow tin.

Place flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl and mix, then add butter and stir to combine.

Place batter in tin evenly.

Make topping by mixing cherries, brown sugar, coconut and almonds in a bowl. Add eggs and combine then spread evenly over batter in tin.

Bake for 8-ish minutes or until top is pale gold.

Allow to cool in tin completely.

Meanwhile melt chocolate, then place in zip lock bag, cut off corner and drizzle over the top.

Cut into squares after chocolate has hardened.









42 Responses to “Cherry coconut and chocolate squares”

  1. houseofbedlam May 8, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I’ve never heard of Cherry Ripes – but these look and sound amazing! And easy enough for us to tackle here!

    • The Hungry Mum September 13, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      They are the best chocolate bars EVER! Slightly addicted 🙂

  2. cheergerm May 8, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Nothing like a blast from the past. Quite reminiscent of a good ole cherry ripe. 🙂

  3. sophiebowns May 8, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    This looks wonderful. I love macaroons!

  4. chocolatesuze May 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    oh my goodness i HEART glace cherries!!! these look fab!

  5. papict May 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I have never heard of Cherry Ripes but you had me at cherry and chocolate anyway.

    • thehungrymum May 9, 2014 at 5:03 am #

      You NEED to visit Australia, if for no other reason than to try a Cherry Ripe. They are THAT good 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 29, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      You need to come to Australia and find a newsagents at the airport and buy a Cherry Ripe, post haste. It will change your life 🙂

  6. Charisma May 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Mmm these look delicious, love the coconut in there!

  7. Kathryn Barton May 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Dear Hungry Mum, I was only thinking yesterday how much I would love a florentine … Went to pantry and, putting aside all items past use-by with the weevil-infested grain-based goods, I decided that the best I could do was have a go with the leftover, reasonably okay, store cupboard staples. Congratulations to me! I managed to make Dark Choc Fruit and Nut Florentines without using any of the listed ingredients ….

    • thehungrymum May 29, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      Dear KB, I read this comment & literally LOL’d [LLOL?] at the hilarity of the comment, and then saw the author 🙂 Glad you fought through the temptation to give up & I bet your florentines were amazing x

  8. Lilly Sue May 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    Yum!! These sound awesome!! I definitely want to try!

    • The Hungry Mum September 13, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      Hope by now you’ve had a chance to try this recipe 🙂

  9. prairiepalate May 9, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Two of my favorite things! Delish! 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 9, 2014 at 6:26 am #

      Cheers! I hope you make it – you’ll be glad you did 🙂

  10. prairiepalate May 9, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Oh I forgot about the chocolate! 3 of my favorite things. 😀

  11. Liz May 9, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    I do not know Cherry Ripes, but liking the looks of this!

  12. chewtown May 9, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    They look simply delicious!!

  13. chef mimi May 9, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    So what is a cherry ripe? is it a maraschino cherry?

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2014 at 4:05 am #

      A Cherry Ripe is a chocolate bar, filled with maraschino-esque [but not quite] cherries & coconut. Judging by the comments on this post they are an antipodean treat :)They are utterly amazing. I should be paid to do PR for them 🙂

  14. Choc Chip Uru May 10, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Mmm I am in love with Cherry Ripes, so this square slice even more 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2014 at 4:03 am #

      A girl after my own heart 🙂 Hope all’s well in Uni land, CCU x

  15. thelazychef101 May 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Thank you for the recepi! I’ll be making them very soon! Have a nice day =)

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2014 at 4:03 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you do get to make them.

  16. milkteaxx May 12, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    im usually not fan of cherries and chocolate but i love coconut so i must give this one a try!

  17. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) May 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    I love the combo of cherry and coconut. Add chocolate, oh yes please!

  18. randle May 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Yum.

    • thehungrymum May 29, 2014 at 7:46 am #

      There’s a whole lotta yum happening here 🙂

  19. Lauren @ Create Bake Make May 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Cherry Ripes are AWESOME…. Love this & have pinned it!

  20. chefceaser May 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  21. The Hungry Mum January 27, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  22. charlottenjrolt January 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Randomly I bought the ingredients at the weekend to make something very similar to this! These look delicious – must get baking!

    • The Hungry Mum January 28, 2016 at 3:25 am #

      Maybe it s a sign that you need this in your life 🙂 Happy baking!

  23. Heather @ Sweet Precision January 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    It my first time hearing about Cherry Ripes! I’m in love with this flavor combination of cherries, coconut, AND chocolate?!?! Sounds divine 🙂

  24. ChgoJohn February 1, 2016 at 12:32 am #

    I don’t know what a Cherry Ripe is but I’m sure I would love this! Substituting almonds for the pecans was a wonderful idea. Cherry and almond flavors go so well together. All this with chocolate and coconut, too? Yum!

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