Walnut Cherry Bars


This recipe was passed on to me from my sister. It's a perfect holiday treat for Christmas or Easter. Frost with your favorite confectioners' sugar icing. Sprinkle with additional chopped nuts if desired. These freeze well.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 22 mins
1 10x15-inch jelly roll pan



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup white sugar


  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.

  2. Mix 2 cups flour, butter, and white sugar together into a smooth dough in a large bowl. Press evenly into prepared pan to make crust.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

  4. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well until smooth. Fold in walnuts and maraschino cherries. Spread filling over baked crust.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is set and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove oven and allow to cool completely, 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute pecans for the walnuts if preferred.

Use an electric mixer to make the filling if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 67mg 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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