Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars

These Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars are by far my most favorite holiday treat. They are so easy to make, and have the BEST flavor. I love the combination of cherry and chocolate, and this recipes is the perfect amount of each, with a little nut crunch.

These Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars are a family favorite. Our cute neighbor Sylvia makes these every year for Christmas.

If you are not home when they are delivered, you will have a whole year to wait for another shot at one of these yummy bars! They will go fast. We finally got the recipe from her.

They are so easy to make and very addicting.  They taste just like a Big Cherry candy bar.

And just when you thought this recipe couldn’t get any better, it only requires five simple ingredients. FIVE. So easy, and super inexpensive. You will love them.

You will also want to try our Cherry Bing Bars. A favorite dessert.

what could I substitute the peanut butter for?

If you have a peanut butter allergy, or just simply don’t like peanuts, there is a simple solution.

This recipe would be just as good with almond butter, and almonds.

The taste and texture are going to be a little different, however, they will still work, and taste amazing. Be sure your almond butter is completely melted, with the rest of the chocolate ingredients.

You can also used chopped almonds, in place of the peanuts, or chunky almond butter.

what is the secret to cutting these?

These are delicious, and so easy to make, however cutting them can be a bit of a challenge, but we have a little secret for you, to help cut them perfectly.

Get a sharp knife (I use one of our steak knives), and run it under hot water for about 45-60 seconds.

Proceed to cut your Cherry Nut Bars, with the hot knife. It will melt the chocolate down a little, so they will cut without the chocolate breaking or cracking, and prevent the marshmallows from sticking to much.

You may need to reheat the knife after a few seconds. Or if you see the chocolate cracking or the filling oozing out, rinse the knife again.

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looking for more homemade candy recipes? Here are a few of our favorites:

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Homemade Honey Candy
Homemade Butterfinger Bites
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Serves: 48

Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars

2 hrPrep Time

2 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 12 ounces salted peanuts (chopped)
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (16 ounce) package cherry frosting


  1. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter on low in the microwave. Stir well and add the chopped peanuts. Spread half of this mixture in a 9 x 13 inch glass pan sprayed very lightly with non stick cooking spray. Place in fridge to set up.  
  2. Melt marshmallows in the microwave on very low stirring every 20 seconds. When melted and smooth, stir in the frosting.  
  3. Spread this mixture carefully on top of the chocolate layer.  Let cool in the fridge.  
  4. Top with remaining chocolate for the last layer.  If it has set up a little, just microwave it for about 30 seconds and stir well. Be sure to spread each layer to the edges of the pan.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into pieces - about 48.  
  6. Store in refrigerator.

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28 Responses to “Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars”

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    Hope you have a very Happy New Year!!
  2. Just wondering if you could substitute almond butter and chopped almonds instead of peanut butter and peanuts? Not a peanut butter fan. I do like peanuts though, so maybe some other kind of substitute for the peanut butter. Love your site, love the variety of recipes and I have made lots of them to date, each one turned out really well. Thank you all so much for your dedication to your site.
  3. Just made these! They are so YUM! My husband and I have been craving one of those cherry cordials since we moved away from Idaho! So excited to be able to make them on my own now! I made one addition to the recipe that made them just PERFECT though! I added a jar of maraschino cherries that had been drained very well and halved on top of the cherry cream layer and pressed the cherry halves into the cream! Absolutely delicious!
  4. You have no idea how happy this recipe has made me. My mom used to make these when I was little, especially around Christmas time. She called them "Bing Bars," but I had no idea it was based off of a real candy bar. It became harder and harder for her to make them over the years because she used powdered cherry frosting and that became almost impossible for her to find. She passed away six years ago and I still miss her like crazy, so thank you for posting this recipe and allowing me to recreate one of her most delicious desserts. It stirred up some amazing memories <3 They taste exactly like the ones she
  5. Love this idea wonder if could use cherries cut in since not nut fans here but son loves cherries. An we smooth peanut butter fans as well so does that matter? In any case plan to make for birthday party soon they sound so good Happy Holidays an thanks for the recipes all year

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