Walnut Cherry Slice Bars

Delicious walnut cherry slice bars, perfect for the holidays!

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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.

3 pieces Walnut Cherry Slice Bars in a white plate

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.

3 pieces Walnut Cherry Slice Bars in a white plate

It’s all about keeping them in tip-top shape!

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.

3 slices of Walnut Cherry Slice Bars in a white plate

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

Delicious walnut cherry slice bars, perfect for the holidays!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons 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


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

Nutrition Information

Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 41mg, Potassium: 59mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Wendy Kaland says

    My mom made these. She iced them with a buttercream icing and used maraschino cherry juice! Yum!

  2. Deborah Raets says

    My mother used to make these throughout my childhood. Making them again brings back many happy family memories. They are great- and not just fir Christmas. Thanks!5 stars

  3. Carol Sharman says

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

  4. ShariJay says

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

  5. Mary P Hoffman says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      You are welcome! I hope that you enjoy them!

  6. Sherry Irvine Byrgesen says

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

    • Sherry Irvine Byrgesen says

      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.

  7. Barbara Berry says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      My Grandma did, all the time as well.

  8. Rose-Mary Hall says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      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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