Maraschino Cherry Bars

Gail Springsteen


A dear friend's mom gave me this recipe; she is an amazing woman and an even more amazing cook! I'm so happy that she shared this with me.

It always reminds me of Christmas because of the buttery bars and the red cherries, but it is wonderful at any time of the year!

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15 Min
50 Min


  • 2 1/4 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    softened butter
  • 2
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 12 oz
    maraschino cherries, drained (save the juice) and chopped
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp
    soft butter for frosting
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar for frosting

How to Make Maraschino Cherry Bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix flour, sugar, and butter until crumbly.
    Press into 9 x 13 pan.
    Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Blend eggs, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
    Stir in chopped cherries and nuts.
    Put on top of crust.
    Bake 25 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Frosting:
    Combine the
    1 tablespoon soft butter
    1 cup powdered sugar
    Add the saved cherry juice a little at a time until you get the right consistency to drizzle the frosting over the cooled bars.

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About Maraschino Cherry Bars

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Holiday Baking
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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