Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars

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Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars . . . these pretty little bars are loaded with juicy cherries. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - one of the best bar cookies you'll try! #sugarcookiebars #valentinesdayrecipe

Raise your hand if you love sugar cookie bars. I sure do! You can whip them up in half the time of regular sugar cookies, and they taste just as good. I love serving them because I always get oohs and aahs.

These Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars are a new favorite at my house. They are similar to my popular sugar cookie bars, but with a cherry twist. Absolutely scrumptious!

Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars - easy to whip up, and absolutely scrumptious! Add sprinkles and they are even more fun for Valentine's Day. #cookiebars #valentinerecipe

Aren’t they pretty with those juicy cherries peeking out? Trust me, they taste as good as they look.

These Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars are a perfect Valentine's Day treat! #cherries #valentinetreat

Adding pink and red sprinkles to the top of the cream cheese frosting makes these bars extra special for Valentine’s Day, but they are just as tasty without them.

How to make the best cherry sugar cookie bars. Everyone loves these bar cookies!

These cherry sugar cookie bars are so simple. You start with a basic cookie dough, then add cherries and some almond extract.  The almond extract is a perfect compliment to the cherries, and makes them extra yummy!

Almond extract makes these cherry sugar cookie bars extra yummy! #cherryrecipe #cookiebars

You will end up with a stiff dough, but just press firmly till it is evenly spread in the bottom of the pan. I like to get my hands wet so the dough doesn’t stick to them as easily.

Recipe for Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting.

These bars are actually pretty tasty as is, but spreading a creamy layer of cream cheese frosting on top makes them downright irresistible!

Cream Cheese Frosting makes these Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars melt in your mouth delicious! #cherries

Oh mercy. I can eat way too many of these pretty little bars. Good thing I have lots of family and friends to share them with. 🙂

Red and pink sprinkles make these cherry sugar cookie bars perfect for Valentine's Day! #valentinedessert #cherrybars

Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 20-24 servings

Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Maraschino Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Sugar cookie bars loaded with maraschino cherries and topped with cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • Bars:
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries, finely chopped (about half of a 16oz jar)
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • dash of salt
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar


For bars: Drain cherries well. Chop and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Add flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir till combined. Fold in the cherries.

Press dough into a well greased 9x13" pan. (I like to line mine with foil first.) Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes or till very lightly brown on the edges.

Cool bars completely, then frost with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter till smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla, almond extract, salt, and enough powdered sugar to make a spreadable frosting. Spread on bars.

Easy and delicious cherry cookie bars with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. Fun and delicious!


And for more recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day, check out these posts!

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Strawberry Cookies with White Chocolate
With their pretty pink color, these Strawberry Cookies are just perfect for Valentines Day

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  1. This is such a fabulous treat! I would love to give it a try!

  2. I am loving these! Adding maraschino cherries is such a great idea and really puts these over the top.

  3. I love making sugar cookie bars but I’ve never tried them with maraschino cherries. Sounds yummy and perfect for the holidays!

  4. Krissy Allori says

    These are so perfect for Christmas! It’s so hard to find a red and white recipe that’s not peppermint. YUM!

  5. These are so cute Kara! What beautiful treats, which of course make me think of homemade gifts!

  6. happy wheels 247 says

    What a great recipe! This looks perfect for holiday parties — and my kids would adore them!!

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