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Cherry Pecan Bars

June 25, 2020Teresa

I love anything with cherries and Cherry Pecan Bars are outrageously delicious! These lovely bar-type cookies include dried cherries, finely diced pecans and coconut. They have spectacular flavor and a dynamic crunchy-chewy taste that can’t be beat. If you enjoy cherry desserts, this dessert is one you should try.

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Back in the early days of the Corona Virus scare, I made up a ton of these cookies in various renditions. I made 5 different kinds in all and each one was superb. I was locked in at home and decided to go on a baking binge. I made Blueberry, Coconut, Cranberry, Heath Toffee and this luscious cherry version.

I stored them in my freezer knowing that my husband would not be able to give them away to people (except in our neighborhood) until July or August. Thankfully, these bars freeze well and can be enjoyed months after baking.

If you enjoy cherries, Cherry Pecan Bars is the dessert for you. The recipe makes 48 servings, so it’s great for tailgating and office parties, potlucks or summer holiday fun (like Fourth of July!) For that matter, any time you need to feed a crowd these terrific cookies should be on the menu. Every crunchy bite will have your jaws dropping!

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Cherry Pecan Bars are sensational!

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These delicious cookies have a crunchy texture that’s irresistible.

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Cherries, pecans and coconut go so well together.

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Cherry Pecan Bars will cure any sweet tooth craving.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Soften butter. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda.

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Mix with an electric mixer until creamy.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add finely diced pecans, coconut and dried cherries.

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Stir ingredients well to combine.

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Spray an 15-1/2×20″ cookie sheet with cooking spray. Press cookie dough into prepared cookie sheet.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (I was baking multiple pans at a time so my cookies took about 45 minutes).

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Cherry Pecan Bars are outrageously good.

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If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love this dessert.

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Cherry Pecan Bars are great for tailgating parties, potlucks or summer family reunions.

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This is also a great dessert for summer holiday get-togethers and grilling or barbecuing out with friends.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY PECAN BARS

(My own concoction)

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Cherry Pecan Bars are everything you want in a cookie! These are chewy, gooey, crunchy and absolutely irresistible. If you have a sweet tooth craving, these blondies are the cure. They're filled with dried cherries, coconut and pecans. Plus, they make 48 servings so they're terrific for potlucks, tailgating or office parties, backyard barbecues or summer holiday menus.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Cherry Pecan Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these crunchy bar-type #cookies are sensational. Perfect for backyard BBQs, potlucks, #tailgating or office parties or summer #holidays. #cherries #coconut #DriedCherries #pecans #brownie #dessert #CherryDessert #HolidayDessert #CherryPecanBars
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease or spray a large 15-1/2"x20” cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, combine butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs, salt and baking soda.
  4. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  5. Stir in flour, dried cherries, coconut and pecans with wooden spoon until combined.
  6. Spread mixture into cookie sheet and pat down firmly.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Be careful not to overbake the bars or they may dry out.

NOTE: Make sure the cookie dough is stirred really well and ingredients adhere together.

NOTE: I was baking multiple pans at the same time. My pans took about 35-40 minutes to bake.

NOTE: You will have to stretch the dough and pat it down firmly to get it to fit the pan. I had to keep my hands slightly moist to achieve this.

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Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.04g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Potassium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cherry Pecan Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these crunchy bar-type #cookies are sensational. Perfect for backyard BBQs, potlucks, #tailgating or office parties or summer #holidays. #cherries #coconut #DriedCherries #pecans #brownie #dessert #CherryDessert #HolidayDessert #CherryPecanBars

This recipe makes a lot. I cut the bars rather large and had 48 servings. But you can cut these smaller and get 64 to 80 servings out of each pan.

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If you enjoy crunchy, gooey and chewy brownies, these are terrific.

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Cherry Pecan Bars will have you drooling after the first bite.

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Time to make up a batch of these jewels for your next party!

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2 Comments

  • Mary O-K

    June 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    What a great combination of tastes! Knowing they freeze well put them high on my list, too.

    Teresa, how is your husband doing? And how are YOU doing? Thoughts and prayers to both of you.

    1. Teresa

      June 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Hi, Mary. These do freeze really well. He is currently in rehab and has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Thank you so much for your prayers. They are much appreciated.

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