Cherry Bars

Cherry Bars Recipe

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Charlene Stewart


My mother always makes this during the holidays. With them coming upon us (seemingly quicker every year), I wanted to take the chance to share this recipe so others can enjoy it.
With a shortbread-style crust, cherry and walnut filling, and coconut topping it, not only makes an amazing dessert, but can be easily "dressed up" for an attractive presentation.


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Makes a 13x9 inch pan
20 Min
40 Min



  • 2 c
  • 1/3 c
  • 3/4 c
    butter or margarine (softened)

  • 2
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1-10 oz jar(s)
    maraschino cherries,drained,chopped; reserve juice & 6 cherries
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts, chopped (reserve some halves for decorating)

  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    reserved cherry juice
  • ·
    shredded coconut for decorating
  • ·
    walnut halves
  • ·
    reserved cherries, cut in half

How to Make Cherry Bars


  1. Crust:
    Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    Combine crust ingredients until crumbly.
    Press into pan and bake 12-15 minutes until light brown.
  2. Filling:
    Combine filling ingredients and pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Frost.
  3. Frosting:
    Combine butter, powdered sugar, and cherry juice. Spread frosting on baked filling and sprinkle with coconut, then use walnut halves and cherry halves to decorate top.

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About Cherry Bars

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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