I love chocolate covered cherries, and chocolate coconut candy. I thought. " why not combine them in a cookie bar". I combined a chocolate crust with cherries, coconut and almonds. Then the bar is coated with chocolate. They are a big hit with my family. They are definatly a chocolaty treat. It is a great holiday dessert. The red cherrie's give them a nice festive touch as well. Enjoy!
Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13" baking pan well. You may also parchment line the pan. Make sure to grease before lining with the parchment. Set baking pan aside.
drain the marachino cherries. Cut maraschino cherries into pieces aproximately 4 pieces per cherry. Place Cherry pieces between paper towels and squeeze out as much juice as possible.
Pour the can of condensed milk evenly over crust in pan. Sprinkle the almonds, and coconut over the condensed milk. Sprinkle with the chopped Cherries last. Pat down the mixture with your hands.
Place in 350°oven. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until side edges are turning golden brown. Remove from oven.
Place chocolate chips in a bowl with the shortening. Cook on high for one minute. Stop microwave and Stir well. Place back in microwave for approximately 30 to 60 more seconds. Stir mixture again until completely melted. Drizzle mixture over the cookie bars. You can make a design or you can spread the chocolate completely over-the-top. You may garnish the top with sliced almonds and coconut at this point if desired. Place in the fridge until the chocolate sets up. Store outside of refrigeration. Cut into bars and enjoy..