Walnut Cherry Bars

    1 hour 55 minutes

    These are my favourite bar biscuits with coconut, walnuts and maraschino cherries. I make them on Valentine's Day.

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    Serves: 32 

    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 125g butter, melted
    • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2/3 cup (80g) chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup (75g) flaked coconut
    • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
    • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1 cup (125g) icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon boiling water
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond essence
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 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 20x30cm 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 icing. To make the icing, mix together 3 tablespoons butter and icing sugar. Beat in water, milk, almond essence and vanilla essence until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Let stand until firm, then slice into squares.

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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.  -  01 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did not like the icing - it was better without it.  -  14 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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.  -  22 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)