Charmin’ Cherry Bars Recipe

Charming Cherry Bars

The Charmin’ Cherry Bars have been around since 1951.  They were the Junior Winner from the 3rd Bake-Off Contest.  Try them…because I know you’ll like them!

Charmin’ Cherry Bars Recipe

Charmin’ Cherry Bars

Crust:   1 cup flour

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ cup margarine, softened

Filling:   ¼ cup flour

¾ cup sugar

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

2 eggs

½ cup maraschino cherries, well drained, chopped

½ cup coconut

½ cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 F.  In small bowl, combine 1 cup flour and powdered sugar.  Using fork or pastry blender, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Press crumb mixture firmly in bottom of ungreased 9 inch square pan.  Bake at 350 F. for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in same small bowl combine ¼ cup flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add eggs; beat well.  Stir in cherries, coconut and walnuts.  Spread over partially baked crust.  Return to oven and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely; cut into bars.  Garnish as desired.

(Recipe for the Charmin’ Cherry Bars recipe, Pillsbury Classic Cookbook, Bake-Off Cookies & Cakes, April 1991.)

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