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Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

Oh, do these Cherry Slice Bars ever taste like Christmas to me!

Yes, I am running full tilt into preparing for the holidays here on The Kitchen Magpie, folks. Why waste time? It’s already the 21st of November and we have around a month to start getting ready for the big day. Things are ramping up massively around here, expect me to be posting delicious goodies almost every single day.

Actually, Mr Magpie’s going to be back in action for his Thirsty Thursday gig, and I think he’s going to be doing more than one post per Thursday. I mean, let’s face it, if he posted only one drink a week that means you’d get like 5 new drinks before Christmas. And that’s just not ok. There’s a reason the saying is eat, drink and be merry, am I right or am I right?


You all know that I just want to taste-test more than one new cocktail a week. Stop judging me, Christmas is my busy season. My liver and pancreas are put to the test between the sugar and the booze.

It’s all about keeping them in tip-top shape!
Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

These classic bars were in my Grandma Marion’s Christmas Tree of Happy ( the plastic Christmas tree that she would load up with dainties (bars/squares) every Christmas from her pre-made stash of goodies in her freezer.) When I saw the recipe, I knew that I had to share them with everyone.

Walnuts, coconut and green and candied cherries.

Do those ingredients ring a bell for anyone else? The shortbread base, the delicious filling of all of those three ingredients and that delicious thin, brown, crispy crust? I can’t be the only one that remembers eating these bars as a child every Christmas.

Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

I’ll also let you in on another little secret : I’ve actually also done some Christmas shopping.

Crazy, right?

I’ve reorganized my house from top to bottom, done a ton of sponsored work here on The Kitchen Magpie ( Mama’s gotta pay the bills, yo) and baked up a storm for you guys. The tree is up. The outdoor lights are up. I finally got the yard done. The garage is actually clean enough to park one car in (cue the angels singing over this one) .

That can only mean one thing.

I’m totally forgetting something massively important.

Like the fact that today is my son’s 13th birthday! Ok fine, that’s not forgetting. How could I forget that I have a teenager now?

When I actually feel like I’m the least bit organized though, the other shoe usually drops…I’ll let you know if and when it does, k?

Until then, let’s talk about Christmas.

Who’s getting excited? Ready? Bought my cookbook as a gift for every relative they have? Get on it, they are selling like hotcakes and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Or something like that.

Happy baking guys!

Love you more than Christmas,



Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup medium coconut
  • 3/4 cup to 1 candied cherries cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Combine butter, icing sugar and flour.
  2. Press into greased 9 X 9 pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.
  5. Turn oven down to 325 degrees.
  6. Mix all other ingredients together and pour over baked cookie base.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Let cool well in pan before slicing

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.



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  • Reply
    Carol Sharman
    December 18, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Yes, I made these with a plan to give them as gifts but have unfortunately eaten almost all of them myself.

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 19, 2016 at 12:38 am

      lol!!!! Too funny!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I made these today, they taste yummy, but what is the secret in cutting them without the top breaking up? I let them cool.

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    Mary P Hoffman
    December 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve never had them, but I think I’ll make some this Christmas. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 7, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      You are welcome! I hope that you enjoy them!

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    Sherry Irvine Byrgesen
    December 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I love these I may have to try to make them gluten free and egg free!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Let me know how they turn out!

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      Sherry Irvine Byrgesen
      December 10, 2016 at 3:43 am

      The Kitchen Magpie I did it… dairy free, egg free, gluten free. They taste great I may have over cooked but I am living them.

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    Barbara Berry
    December 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    My Mom made these bars every year. \U0001f60d\U0001f490

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      My Grandma did, all the time as well.

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    Rose-Mary Hall
    November 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Since I can’t join you on Wednesday, I think your children should bring some of these with them. 😉

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      November 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      The kids are coming too, they have to miss Scouts! This should be my last event that interferes…haha. Ya right.

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