Bars with a shortbread-like base and topped with frosting and coconut.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Mix together flour, white sugar and butter or margarine. Mix until crumbly. Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  • Beat eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Drain and chop cherries, reserving liquid. Stir chopped cherries, nuts, and coconut into egg mixture. Pour on top of crust.

  • Bake 25 min. Cool.

  • Combine 1 teaspoon butter and 1 cup confectioner's sugar with enough liquid from cherries until spreadable. Frost bars. Sprinkle with coconut when icing is set.

Nutrition Facts

217.3 calories; 2.3 g protein; 29.7 g carbohydrates; 36.3 mg cholesterol; 127.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a great cookie for Christmas. It makes alot like any bar cookie and the cherry glaze makes a beautiful presentation on the cookie tray. I like to put the glaze on while the bar arre just a little warm (cool about 25 minutes) that way the glaze really sinks in don't worry it will setup as it continues to cool. Also finish off with a sprinkling of mini-choco chips. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a great cookie for Christmas. It makes alot like any bar cookie and the cherry glaze makes a beautiful presentation on the cookie tray. I like to put the glaze on while the bar arre just a little warm (cool about 25 minutes) that way the glaze really sinks in don't worry it will setup as it continues to cool. Also finish off with a sprinkling of mini-choco chips. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I used pecans instead of walnuts because I just like the taste better. The larger jar of maraschino cherries worked great. As for the icing. I used 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar with the cherry juice. My mom introduced me to this recipe with the changes. This is positively one of the most delicious desserts I have had. We can't stop eating them. HELP!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
Excellent bar cookie. Love the taste of the shortbread base combined with the cherry flavor. Family and friends loved this. It's a great holiday cookie! I've even made it for a Valentine's day party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2017
Unbelievably delicious! I do not care for maraschino cherries and made this recipe only because of the five-star reviews. I actually loved the jarred cherries in these bars! I did not change or alter anything. This recipe is perfect just the way it is written. I will be making these over and over again. Wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
These bars are fabulous! My mother used to make a recipe from the 1950s very much like this called Surprise Supreme. I put a thick butter icing on them instead of the cherry glaze! They bring back great memories - I'm in my 50s now - and still enjoy them!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2012
These are delicious. I used hazelnuts instead of the walnuts because that is what I had and I added more cherries. It didn't look like there would be enough frosting so I added more of the cherry juice to make it thin enough to drizzle then sprinkled the top with more coconut. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2013
Great cookie bar for Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2012
Wow these were very yummy and I don't like cherries! I felt that the frosting was not enough so I tripled the ingredients and used a tablespoon of butter instead of a teaspoon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2017
Followed the recipe for my first try except I skipped the frosting since it seemed sweet enough as is. Very tasty. The given time was a bit much for my oven so it ended up with a crust a bit too crunchy. I expect a few minutes less would make it perfect. Read More
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