It just wouldn't be Christmas at my house without these special bar cookies- so pretty using red and green maraschino cherries and candy coated chocolates.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Mix in 1/2 cup of the cherries. Press the dough into an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cherries and crushed candies. Press in lightly.

  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan before icing. To make the icing, mix together the confectioners' sugar and water until a drizzling consistency is reached.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 18.6g 6% DV; fat 5.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 19.1mg 6% DV; sodium 58.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
This is one of our all time favorites. Tastes like a shortbread cookie. Helpful Tip: I keep an eye on this while it is cooking as my oven cooks unevenly. If the edges are browning before the middle is finished I cover the edges with foil and use a toothpick in the center to check doneness. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2002
This was a holiday mess! They were over done on the other edges and underdone in the middle. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
This is one of our all time favorites. Tastes like a shortbread cookie. Helpful Tip: I keep an eye on this while it is cooking as my oven cooks unevenly. If the edges are browning before the middle is finished I cover the edges with foil and use a toothpick in the center to check doneness. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
Make this recipe in a 10x15 inch pan and cook for 25 - 30 minutes and it turns out very well. This delicious cookie is a favorite of my family. The red and green candies with drizzled white frosting make this a pretty cookie that is easy to decorate. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/10/2002
This was a holiday mess! They were over done on the other edges and underdone in the middle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
I got this recipe from my mother-in-law. She uses red cherries only does not chop the chocolate candies and bakes them in a jelly roll pan. They look beautiful and taste great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
What a simple tasty treat! The only bad thing was that it took forever to bake at the recommended heat since I'm at high altitude; next time I'll try it about 25' hotter. On the other hand the slow baking ensured that it baked evenly all the way through - no gooshy middle. Another idea (specifically for the holidays) is to use just red or red and green candy pieces to make it look more appealing; one of the other reviews for this was right - the multi-colored candy shells makes them look funky. By the way if you have a mixer use it! Mixing this by hand takes a lot out of your muscles. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
Had my son pick out the red and green coloured mini 'chocolates' while I prepared the dough. Baked these much longer to cook the 'middle' but still it was kinda gooey while the edges were becoming overcooked. A hit at the family Christmas tho and will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2005
This short-bread type bar is excellent. It's hard to really describe - but it's great. I took it to a gathering of diverse individuals and everybody loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
A definite do-over and very pretty too! I followed the directions exactly and I did not have any problems. The bars cooked evenly. I would think in a larger pan they would be extremely flat---almost cracker like. I tinted my glaze red. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2011
WOW! These squares are simply delicious and festive looking too. I didn't change a thing in this recipe. MMMMMM...so good! Read More
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