Cherry Squares


These cherry squares are sumptuous layered bar cookies iced with frosting. Cut them small to make bite-sized morsels that melt in your mouth. You may want to double the frosting recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 9x9-inch pan


Cookie Crust:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

Cookie Filling:

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Prepare the cookie crust: Stir together flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Rub in butter using your hands or a pastry blender. Press into an ungreased 9-inch square pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned at the edges, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

  4. Make the cookie filling: Beat eggs in a medium bowl until light. Mix together brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into eggs. Mix in coconut, walnuts, and cherries; spread the batter evenly over the baked crust.

  5. Return to the oven and bake until brown, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  6. Make the frosting: Mix confectioners' sugar, butter, water, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary to make a more spreadable mixture. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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