Romance Bars Recipe -
  • READY IN 55 mins

Romance Bars

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 32 bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2012

These bars are thin and quite sweet. My children did not think they were that good. I would not make again.


12 Ratings

Feb 06, 2003

I did not like the icing - it was better without it.

Dec 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 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!

Nov 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.

Nov 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.


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  • Calories
  • 131 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

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

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