Chewy bar cookies with coconut, walnuts and maraschino cherries. This recipe was passed on to me by my mother-in-law. They are a Christmas tradition in our family, but I think they're perfect for Valentine's Day.

Jeri

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 bars
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 32 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup flour and 1 tablespoon white sugar. Stir in melted butter. Spread thinly over the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar , 2 tablespoons flour, and baking powder. Mix in the eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. Stir in the walnuts, coconut and maraschino cherries. Pour the mixture over the prepared crust.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is light brown. Cool completely before frosting. To make the frosting, mix together 3 tablespoons butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in water, milk, almond extract and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Let stand until firm, then slice into squares.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 17.2g; fat 6.6g; cholesterol 22.2mg; sodium 52.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2005
My family really liked these bars. The cherries made them a little different. I cut the frosting recipe in half and just drizzled it over the bars. They were moist and had great flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/21/2012
These bars are thin and quite sweet. My children did not think they were that good. I would not make again. Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2005
My family really liked these bars. The cherries made them a little different. I cut the frosting recipe in half and just drizzled it over the bars. They were moist and had great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2003
I did not like the icing - it was better without it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2009
These were delicious. We made them to go in a goodie box for grandparents for Valentines day and they were a huge hit. It did take quite a bit to make them and I had to substitute Splenda for the sugar and brown sugar because my son is diabetic but they were awesome. I doubled the entire recipe to make some nice thick cake like bars but only made the exact amount of icing the recipe called for. I don't think it needed any more sweetness they came out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I made these at Christmas and added them to the platters of cookies I give to family and friends. They were my favorite new cookie this year! I love the combination of walnuts coconut and cherries. They were a little sweet but I had cut them pretty small so they would go further and they were only 1 or 2 bites. Just enough! they were easy to make and I will definately make them again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
Yummy!!!! I saved the juice from the cherries and made a glaze of powdered sugar and the juice and drizzled over the bars instead of frosting them. They looked festive with the dark pink glaze. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
This is the best, sweetest treat I have ever had. The first year I used candied cherries by mistake. I bought the wrong ones :o) I actually liked them better. They gave the bars a tighter consistency. Doesn't seem to matter which way I make them though, my family, friends and co-workers can't get enough. I've made them 3 years running for the Holiday Season. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2011
Thank you Jeri just what I was looking for. I didn't bother with the frosting as they are perfect without it. Though I supose if I wanted to make them look fancy perhaps just a light drizzle. They were a big hit with the men I bake for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2006
I made this for Valentines Day in a heart-shaped pan. Boy is this rich. I also added chocolate chips. It reminds me of a blond brownie with lots of extras sitting on a pie crust. Cherries are the magic touch and I bet macadamia nuts would really show it off next time. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2018
Very good except the crust needs to be thicker. As is the crust is at best 1/8" thick which isn't thick enough to support the topping. Next time I'll double the crust mixture. I only drizzled the icing mixture over the top otherwise it would have bee too sweet. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/21/2012
These bars are thin and quite sweet. My children did not think they were that good. I would not make again. Read More
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