Maraschino Cherry Bars

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Here is another recipe that made it onto my Christmas plates of goodies this year. I love these cherry bars because not only are they super easy to make, but they add a great splash of color to cookie trays. And I am a fan of just about anything with almond extract in it!

If you like, you could also add chocolate chips and drizzle them with melted chocolate, but I actually prefer them with just the cherries. I know. coming from a chocoholic, that is hard to believe! Either way, they are perfect for Christmas. Or Valentine’s Day for that matter. 🙂
cherry bars-recipe

Cherry Bars

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup powdered sugar
maraschino cherry juice
Cream sugar and butter. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt, then cherries.  Chill for at least 1 hour. Pat dough into a lightly greased 15″ x 10″  jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 15- 18 minutes. Cool completely and drizzle with glaze.  To make glaze, combine powdered sugar and enough cherry juice till you get the right consistency.
–Make sure you chill the dough, or you will make a sticky mess trying to spread it in the pan.



  1. These look fabulous, am linking them up with my cherry donut recipe on Monday!

  2. I made these for all my boys and husband’s home teaching families tonight. They were yummy. Actually my boys made them, I just drizzled them when they were done.

  3. Those bars look so delicious! I do have a question about the almond extract. I allergic to almonds, but was hoping to make these bars (or other desserts) with vanilla extract instead. I don’t think they sell imitation almond extract either. Would using vanilla extract (imitation or pure) be a problem other than changing the taste?


    • Christine,
      You can substitute vanilla extract for almond in just about any baked good. However, almond extract has a much more pronounced flavor, so using vanilla will result in a more bland flavor.
      They actually do make imitation almond flavoring. I grew up with it, so I sometimes prefer it to the real stuff. And it costs a lot less too! Hope that helps. 🙂

  4. Delicious Kara!! And thanks for the plate of goodies! I’m so lucky to be your neighbor!

  5. Thanks Maria! Apparently pink is popular for Christmas this year. So I’m trendy and I didn’t even know it. 😉

  6. Love these! The pink is so fun!

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