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Stacked Cherry Coconut Bars with shortbread crust

Cherry Coconut Bars

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Cookie Bars
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


These Cherry Coconut Bars have a buttery shortbread topped with a sweet and chewy coconut cherry filling. Perfect for a BBQ, 4th of July party, or with a cup of coffee!




  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, cold and cubed


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9X9-inch pan with parchment paper and coat lightly with baking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour and sugar. Add in the cubed butter and using a pastry cutter blend it together  until it’s combined and crumbly. Then use your hands to press and squeeze the mixture until it holds together.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 12-13 minutes until lightly golden.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly while you prepare the filling.
  5. Filling: In a medium bowl mix together the granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt using a rubber spatula until evenly combined and smooth. Add in flour and stir until just combined. Stir in walnuts, cherries, and coconut until evenly mixed.
  6. Spread the filling on top of the crust and bake for 20-25 minutes until set and lightly golden.
  7. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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