Cherry Magic Cookie Bars Recipe

Whip up these magical, cherry bars when you need a dessert in a hurry.

July 2005

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    Feel free to substitute the cherries for strawberries or another berry or serve warm with ice cream.
    Photo by GettyImage/Anna Kurzaeva
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Cook Time: 25 min.

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen bars

This recipe originally aired in the July 2005 issue of Heart of the Home.


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter OR margarine, melted
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) maraschino cherries (without stems), drained, patted dry and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for a glass baking pan).
  2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly on the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  3. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with a fork.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store, covered, at room temperature. Yields 2 to 3 dozen bars.

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