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Cherry Squares

I got this recipe more than 25 years ago from a sweet elderly neighbor and it has become a yearly must for our family; a favorite of one of our kids. The texture is somewhat like a butter tart and I cut the pieces quite small, so it' s like eating a little candy bar.

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries
  1. With pastry blender, cut butter into flour and brown sugar until well mixed. It will be moist and crumbly.
  2. Press into ungreased 9x13 inch pan. (one that has a lid, makes it easy for storage later)
  3. Bake at 350° F for about 12 min.
  4. In the meantime, beat eggs slightly, add combined sugar, flour and baking powder,
    then the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Spread over baked layer.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  1. Beat together in small bowl to make a smooth spreadable frosting. 
  2. Spread over cooled cake. 
  3. Cut into 36 - 48 squares. (a wet knife helps) I cut them up before freezing and then I can lift out what I need for a cookie platter.

Cover with lid or slip into plastic bag and freeze.


  1. This is quite unique, sounds delicious, and looks beautiful. Just right for Christmas...

    Thank you for sharing yet another great recipe.

  2. Mmm!
    I also see Lemon Lassies hiding in the corner of your photo. Those are my favourite!

  3. Look yummy! Another nice treat for the Christmas platter. Kathy

  4. YUMMY! I was hoping you would post these so I can make them! :)

  5. These look delicious! They remind me of bars that I used buy at a bakery in the middle of Ohio. How long do they last in the freezer?

  6. Looks wonderful and delish! What a geat dessert for the holidays ;)

  7. these, i am definitely going to try!

  8. So would there be anyway that you guys could set up for us to have our own recipe boxes that we could store all these great recipes in like Kraft Canada does?? and then also get weekly emails with all the weeks recipes? that would be soooo great!!!!!!:)

  9. These look delightful. I ❤ cherry flavor.

  10. I have got to try this.

    My son prefers strawberry and cherry desserts and it is so hard to find them for this time of year.

    This will definitely be on the menu for Christmas Eve. Thank you!

  11. Oh, these look so unique and so good! I can't wait to try them.

  12. I made these last night for a family supper. My family loves them and my husband, who knows I monitor this website, said, "Little, I believe you are a Mennonite girl"


  13. That's cute, Elizabeth ... I love it! Thanks for the compliment to us too.

  14. These are one of my favorite Christmas treats that you make, Mom!

  15. I will be making these for our youngest daughter who loves anything cherry!! Just know she will love it!!
    Thank - you!! Merry Christmas to you all!!


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