Merry Cherry Bars Recipe -
Merry Cherry Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Merry Cherry Bars

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"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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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 10, 2002

This was a holiday mess! They were over done on the other edges, and underdone in the middle.


21 Ratings

Nov 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.

Dec 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.

Jan 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!

Dec 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.

Dec 18, 2011

WOW! These squares are simply delicious and festive looking too. I didn't change a thing in this recipe. good!

Dec 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!!


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  • Calories
  • 131 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 59 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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