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Romance Bars

"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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55 m servings 131 cals
Original recipe yields 32 servings (32 bars)


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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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  1. 13 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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 t...

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 cherr...

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. T...

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 co...

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 ar...

12.31.15 Cut the recipe in half and baked in a 6"x8" pan. I added quite a bit more confectioner's sugar to the frosting because it was so liquid-y. Actually, it's more of a glaze rather tha...