Cherry Coconut Bars

High Cotton Food Styling & Photography
  • Yield: 24 servings

"These bars have been a family favorite for nearly 50 years. I was a new mother in December 1959, when a neighbor brought over a plate of these bars along with a baby gift a few days after I arrived home."


1cup all-purpose flour
3tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1cup granulated sugar
1/4cup all-purpose flour
1/2teaspoon baking powder
3/4cup chopped walnuts
1/2cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2cup maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To prepare crust, combine flour, powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl; mix well. Press into an 8-inch-square baking dish. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden.
  3. To prepare filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Spoon on top of crust and spread evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

— Patty Strickland, Waverly, Ohio