Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe (2024)

Cherry chocolate nut bars are the perfect treat. They have all of the crunch along with sweet and chewy marshmallow textures.

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These Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars are one of a kind!

If you are looking for a great Christmas or Valentine’s dessert recipe, this Big Cherry Candy Bar copycat recipe will be perfect.

It has all of the chocolate your valentine will love and the pink from the cherry frosting center gives that perfect Valentine’s Day feel.

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If you are looking for more than a chocolate dessert recipe for Valentine’s day, make sure you take a look at our fantastic Valentine Sugar Cookies and Confetti Cupcakes with Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

Or if you are looking for something just a little easier to celebrate with our Valentine Cookie Pops or Red Velvet Popcorn are always great options too!

Related Recipe: If you love Cherry, you’ll want to try these Cherry Bing Bars!

Ingredients Needed For Our Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe:

  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Chunky peanut butter
  • Salted peanuts
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Package of cherry frosting (you can find it HERE)
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How To Make Our Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe:

Start by melting the chocolate chips and chunky peanut butter on low power in a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave the peanut butter and chocolate in 30 second intervals stirring in between each time until the milk chocolate chips are melted.

Stir everything together, adding the chopped peanuts.

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Once they are melted together, lightly spray a 9×13 inch glass pan with nonstick cooking spray and use the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula to spread half of the peanut butter and a thin layer of the crumb mixture at the bottom.

NOTE: Be sure to spread each layer to the edges of the prepared pan to make sure it all sets up well.

Now place the pan in the fridge to allow the chocolate layer to set up.

In the meantime, melt the marshmallows in the microwave on very low, stopping it to stir every 20 seconds.

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When the marshmallows are melted and smooth, stir in the cherry frosting until it is well combined with the marshmallows.

Remove the pan from the fridge and spread the cherry marshmallow mix over top of the first layer of chocolate, then return it to the fridge.

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After that has been able to chill in the fridge, reheat the remaining chocolate, slowly in 30 second intervals if the chocolate has begun to set up.

Then spread the remaining chocolate over top of the cherry layer.

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Now, return the pan to the fridge to let it fully set up then cut it into small pieces. This should make about 48 pieces.

Once cooled and set, wrapping these snack bars in parchment paper and storing them in an airtight container ensures they stay fresh and ready to be savored when hunger sets in. These Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars cater to both convenience and taste, making them a go-to choice for busy moms and families alike.

When you are not eating or serving these, they should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Looking for more Cherry Desserts?! Try our Creamy Cherry Whip Salad!

To Make This Chocolate Dessert You Will Need:

  1. 9×13 inch glass pan
  2. Microwave safe bowl (2)
  3. Nonstick cooking spray

Can’t Find the Cherry Frosting?

If you are having a hard time finding the cherry frosting for this recipe you can always make your own cherry recipes!

Using the Maraschino Cherry Frosting recipe from the Cake Whiz, you can still make this fantastic cherry chocolate nut bar recipe in no time!

The best thing about cherry recipes is how easy they are to make. Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars will make a great addition to your recipe box. They are a great homemade alternative to store-bought granola bars, and there’s nothing more liberating than creating your own snack bars! Stash these snacks away and pull them out when your sweet tooth cravings strike. Enjoy these Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or on their own. These snack bars are a quick and easy treat, perfect for enjoying during warmer weather or as a sweet indulgence any time of the year. The combination of milk chocolate, chunky peanut butter, salted peanuts, and cherry frosting creates a delectable flavor that’s sure to become a crowd favorite. Enjoy a taste of home with every bite of these scrumptious chocolate cherry bars!

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Related Recipe: Looking for more Cherry Recipes? Try our Cherry Cheesecake Cookies or our Layered Cherry Cheesecake Lush!

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Inspiration for Valentine’s Dessert Recipes:

  • Lover Muddy Buddies Recipe
  • Layered Cherry Cheesecake Lush Dessert Recipe
  • Two Ingredient Strawberry Fudge Recipe
  • Red Velvet Oreo Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • Red Velvet Kiss Cookies Recipe
  • Instant Pot Chocolate Fondue

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Serves: 48

Cherry Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Cherry chocolate nut bars are the perfect treat. They have all of the crunch along with sweet and chewy marshmallow textures.

Prep Time 2 hours hrs

Total Time 2 hours hrs



  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips 1 package
  • ¾ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 12 ounces salted peanuts chopped
  • 10.5 ounces miniature marshmallows 1 package
  • 16 ounces cherry frosting 1 package


  • 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.

  • Melt marshmallows in the microwave on very low stirring every 20 seconds. When melted and smooth, stir in the frosting.

  • Spread this mixture carefully on top of the chocolate layer. Let cool in the fridge.

  • 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.

  • Refrigerate until firm. Cut into pieces – about 48.

  • Store in refrigerator.


  • Be sure to spread each layer of chocolate and peanut butter to the edges of the pan to make sure it all sets up well.
  • Let the bars fully set up, before cutting into pieces.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

We got this recipe from our sweet neighbor Sylvia.


Calories: 124 kcal · Carbohydrates: 14 g · Protein: 3 g · Fat: 7 g · Saturated Fat: 1 g · Sodium: 73 mg · Potassium: 89 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 10 g · Calcium: 9 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • 9×13 Inch Glass Pan

  • Microwave Safe Bowl (2)

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Shelbey Kendall says:! This is my mom and I's favorite candy bar. These are going to be made this year for Christmas. Thank you so much for posting this!

  2. Christina Wrightsman says:

    These look delish! This may be just what I will be bringing to the upcoming holiday party. Thank you :)

  3. Chris says:

    YES! I have been looking for this recipe for a while. I even resorted to begging friends on FB to see if any of them had it. A former boss used to make it and I never got around to asking for the recipe.

    Thanks! I can't wait to try this out.

  4. Sugar n' Spicegals says:

    These are truly amazing, I have wanted this recipe since the first time I tried them. Glad you shared this!

  5. gale says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My daughter has nut allergies so we can try these with substitute PB and leave out the peanuts.

  6. Annette says:

    Girls you are killing my hips but love love your site. I tried the cracker toffee recipe and OMG it is fantastic. Now I saw this one and gotta try it. it is worth the few seconds on the lips and years on the hips. Keep up the great site. xoxo

  7. Amanda Weber says:

    I've never seen cherry frosting in a store. Is there a particular brand you use?

  8. Six Sisters says:

    Betty Crocker makes a cherry frosting (I found it at Wal Mart). Duncan Hines has the new frosting where you have to add the flavored powder and they have a cherry-vanilla that would work. Hope this helps! These are super yummy!

  9. Ashley Reina says:

    This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out...

  10. David and Leah says:

    Could you just make homemade buttercream with almond flavoring? We always say it tastes like cherry. And also, would it work to use a container of marshmallow cream instead of melting the marshmallows? I happen to have the one and am out of the other. Thanks!

  11. Six Sisters says:

    We have only made this following the recipe. But if your homemade buttercream is what you like, I think it should work. We're not sure on the marshmallow cream. I'm thinking it may just work! Good luck!

  12. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    These look amazing!

  13. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says:

    Yum!!! These sound amazing!! Can't wait to make some.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)

  14. C says:

    Did you try it with the marshmallow cream? I only ask b/c I wanted to try it too if it worked. I just made this with actual marshmallows like the recipe called for but I had difficulty trying to get them to melt smooth enough.

  15. Evelyn says:

    Oh My Goodness!! I haven't had these since I was a little girl (too long for me to think about, lol) Sounds amazing.

    Merry Christmas!!

    Would love for your to drop by sometime!

  16. Evelyn says:

    I just sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!!

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Hope you have a very Happy New Year!!

  17. The Mandatory Mooch says:

    Hello ladies, I have picked some of my favorite pink desserts to feature tomorrow (Friday, March 1st) in a "10 Amazing Pink Desserts" post. This is one of them. Come see the post and spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi

  18. Sandy says:

    You can make these with Mr. Goodbars and then you don't have to add peanuts or chocolate chips.

  19. Kelley says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for posting this recipe. I love Bing candy and have tried a different version of this recipe with not much success :( I can't wait to try this recipe..yum!

  20. vickie says:

    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.

  21. Stacy says:

    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!

  22. Sherrill says:

    so you melt mr goodbar in the micro? how many bars? if you gotta melt, you gotta melt? which is easier and cheaper? not sure i remember mr goodbar having a peanut butter flavor

  23. Cyd says:

    Hi Vickie, we haven't ever substituted anything for the peanut butter because we are huge peanut butter fans. I'm sure you could use almond butter if it's about the same consistency as peanut butter.

  24. jeannie says:

    These are great, the only problem I had is cutting them they looked terrible. Any tips on cutting them, would like to make again and share, thanks

  25. Sherry says:

    Jeannie, I just made them tonight and put parchment in the pan. They won't be ready until morning but I will let you know if that works.

  26. Misty says:

    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

  27. kathy says:

    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 goodHappy Holidays an thanks for the recipes all year

  28. Debby says:

    I made my own using cream cheese frosting, red food coloring and 3 tsp of juice from a jar of maraschino cherries. Turned out great.

  29. Rehoboth says:

    Awesome PostThanks

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