Cherry Shortbread Bars


I got this delicious recipe for cherry shortbread bars from my mother-in-law.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
1 9x13-inch pan


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 5 ounces maraschino cherries

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch pan with heavy aluminum foil.

  2. Mix flour, 1 cup butter, and white sugar together until mixture is crumbly. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

  4. Blend brown sugar, eggs, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Drain and chop cherries, reserving the liquid. Stir cherries and walnuts into the egg mixture. Place mixture on top of the baked crust.

  5. Return to the oven and bake until set, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

  6. Combine powdered sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with enough cherry liquid to spread easily. Frost cooled bars. Cut into squares after icing has set.

Cook's Note:

You can use any kind of nuts that you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
11g Fat
32g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 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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