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Coconut Cherry Bars

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling


3 dozen

I enjoy whipping up batches of these by the dozen. Then I fill the decorative tins I collect all year long with the luscious bars and give them as oven-fresh Christmas presents. Everyone loves them!
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red or green maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. For filling, combine brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt; mix in eggs and vanilla. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Chop cherries; fold into batter along with walnuts. Pour over crust. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. For frosting, beat butter and sugar in a bowl. Gradually stir in 3-4 tablespoons reserved cherry juice until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost bars; sprinkle with coconut.

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