Recipe By Roxanne
Published Jan 1st
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 4 dozen Calories 217.3

Bars with a shortbread-like base and topped with frosting and coconut.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. 2 Mix together flour, white sugar and butter or margarine. Mix until crumbly. Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. 3 Beat eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Drain and chop cherries, reserving liquid. Stir chopped cherries, nuts, and coconut into egg mixture. Pour on top of crust.
  4. 4 Bake 25 min. Cool.
  5. 5 Combine 1 teaspoon butter and 1 cup confectioner's sugar with enough liquid from cherries until spreadable. Frost bars. Sprinkle with coconut when icing is set.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 217.3
  • Carbohydrate 29.7 g
  • Cholesterol 36.3 mg
  • Fat 10.4 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 2.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.7 g
  • Sodium 127.5 mg
  • Sugar 18.7 g


  1. This was an amazing recipe. As a caveat, I adjusted it by using fresh cherries because I had 2lbs of cherries that needed to be used. I doubled the cherry weight (8 oz) and adjusted the nuts to Hazelnuts because that is what I had on hand. I didn't add the icing either. But it - Read more ...
  2. Unbelievably delicious! I do not care for maraschino cherries and made this recipe only because of the five-star reviews. I actually loved the jarred cherries in these bars! I did not change or alter anything. This recipe is perfect just the way it is written. I will be making these over and over again. Wonderful - Read more ...
  3. Really good and very easy. I put almost double the nuts (and I used pecans because I love pecans) and coconut. I also used the large jar of cherries. For the frosting, I did not use the butter, but I did make extra.
  4. Great cookie bar for Christmas.
  5. These are delicious. I used hazelnuts instead of the walnuts because that is what I had and I added more cherries. It didn't look like there would be enough frosting so I added more of the cherry juice to make it thin enough to drizzle then sprinkled the top with more coconut.
  6. These bars are fabulous! My mother used to make a recipe from the 1950s very much like this called Surprise Supreme. I put a thick butter icing on them instead of the cherry glaze! They bring back great memories - I'm in my 50s now - and still enjoy them!!
  7. I used pecans instead of walnuts because I just like the taste better. The larger jar of maraschino cherries worked great. As for the icing. I used 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar with the cherry juice. My mom introduced me to this recipe with the changes. This is positively one - Read more ...
  8. Excellent bar cookie. Love the taste of the shortbread base combined with the cherry flavor. Family and friends loved this. It's a great holiday cookie! I've even made it for a Valentine's day party.
  9. This is a great cookie for Christmas. It makes alot like any bar cookie and the cherry glaze makes a beautiful presentation on the cookie tray. I like to put the glaze on while the bar arre just a little warm (cool about 25 minutes) that way the glaze really sinks in don't worry it - Read more ...

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