Cherry Jam White Chocolate Bars

These Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars are a delicious sweet treat in bar form. With a crust similar to a shortbread cookie, plus the flavors of white chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and a cherry filling, these bars are pure delight. If you’re like me and you love a good cherry recipe, you are sure to love these cherry bars.  I like to make a batch and store it in an airtight container to have as an afternoon tea-time snack or as a quick dessert after dinner. {And if you enjoy having some homemade baked treats on hand, check out my recipe for Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies.}

Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Coconut Bars

I admit, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth and I enjoy a snack in the afternoon or a sweet bite after dinner. But I’m not a huge fan of store-bought baked goods. So once a week or so, I usually bake up something yummy at home to enjoy throughout the week. And I often favor cookies or bars, like brownies, blondies, or oat bars. I like that they can be enjoyed in small, portable portions without the temptation of having a giant slice of cake or pie (although I do love a good cake or pie, too).

And I think that I enjoy bars, too, because I feel like they are a bit of a vintage treat. They remind me of the kinds of treats we were served in our school cafeteria (but in a good way!) And if you are a fan of white chocolate cherry blondies, I think you will also love these Cherry Filled White Chocolate Bars. I hope these cherry bars will be a great addition to your recipe box!

Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars with Coconut

So what exactly are Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars?

  • These bars are a type of layered cookie bar or dessert bar that is baked in a pan and then cut into single-serving portions, or bars. It’s very similar to a blondie. These bars have 3 layers. There is a buttery bottom crust that includes white chocolate. The center layer is a layer of cherry preserves. Then there is a top crust with white chocolate, coconut flakes, and sliced almonds. 

Ingredients for Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars

Melted Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter for the butter mixture in the recipe. I typically have salted butter on hand and that is what I use. But haven’t found that it makes much of a difference either way. 

White Chocolate Chips – White chocolate chips typically come in an 11-ounce bag, so that’s what I use in the recipe. But if you have a bag that contains a little bit more or a little bit less, that’s fine, too. And if you can’t find chips, you can cut up white chocolate bars into chopped white chocolate chunks. 

Eggs – You will need regular large eggs. If using medium eggs, add an extra egg. 

Sugar – Use any granulated sugar of your choice. I prefer to use raw or unrefined cane sugar because I like that hint of molasses flavor it contains. But regular white granulated sugar will work just fine, too. 

Flour – Just regular all-purpose flour is what you need for this recipe. I typically use unbleached flour. 

Salt – Any fine salt will work. I like fine salt because it blends more thoroughly into the dry ingredients. But if you are using a coarse salt like kosher salt, add an extra small pinch of salt to the recipe.

Almond Extract – I prefer to use pure almond extract, but imitation almond extract will work, too. You probably know this already, but almond extract has a very potent flavor, so don’t be tempted to use more than the recipe calls for. And if you aren’t a fan of almond extract, go ahead and substitute vanilla extract. 

Shredded Coconut – Use the dried sweetened shredded coconut or dried sweetened coconut flakes. Fresh coconut won’t work here. 

Cherry Preserves – You’ll need jarred cherry preserves to make these bars. Cherry pie filling or fresh cherries won’t work for this recipe. 

Sliced Almonds – Pre-sliced almonds are what you will need. I typically find these in a small plastic bag at my grocery store. Toasted almonds have even more flavor, so If you can find toasted, sliced almonds that’s even better. 

Add the batter in dollops on top of the cherry filling. It’s ok if there are spaces – they will fill in as the bars bake.

Tips for making Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars

  • For best results, take a few minutes to bring the eggs to room temperature. It’s an extra step, but room-temperature eggs will blend into the batter better and improve the texture of the crust. To make it easy, I usually fill a small bowl with warm water and allow the eggs to sit in the water for about 10 minutes, or until they no longer feel cold. 
  • Grease an 8″x 8″ baking dish thoroughly. You can use butter or nonstick spray for this. Or do what I usually do, and line the pan with parchment paper. 
  • Be mindful of your oven temperature. The bars are on the delicate side and you don’t want to burn the crust. So if you know your oven runs hot, go ahead and turn it down 5-10 degrees. 
  • Gently melt the butter. You will need melted butter for the melted white chocolate mixture we make as a component of the recipe. You can do this in the microwave or a small saucepan on the stove. If you use the microwave, place the butter in a small microwaveable mixing bowl and heat carefully heat it in 30-second increments.
  • Use an electric mixer. When preparing the batter, you’ll want to use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the eggs until foamy. I like to do this using my stand mixer. The bowl of a stand mixer leaves enough room to add in the remaining batter ingredients. But if you don’t have a stand mixer, no problem. Use a large bowl and a hand mixer. 
  • Whisk the flour and salt together in a separate bowl before adding to the batter mixture. This ensures the salt is evenly distributed.
  • Make sure you only use half of the batter to make the bottom crust. You don’t want to accidentally pour all of the batter into the pan and then have no batter left to make the top crust (trust me, I’ve done this.) The remaining second half of the batter will go on top of the cherry filling to serve as the top crust for the bars. 
  • When baking the bottom crust, bake until lightly golden around the edges. Make sure it doesn’t brown too much because it will be going into the oven again with the filling and top crust. 
  • Melt the cherry preserves to make them spreadable. You can melt the preserves in a saucepan on the stove over low heat. Or you can place the preserves into a small microwavable bowl and use the microwave on reduced power to gently melt them. Every microwave is different, but I use 70% power in increments of 30 seconds, so as not to scorch the cherry preserves. 
  • To prepare the batter for the top crust, use a wooden spoon to gently fold the coconut and remaining white chocolate chips into the remaining half of the batter.
  • Watch the baking time. Keep an eye on the bars while they are in the oven to make sure they don’t burn. After removing the pan from the oven, place it on a wire rack to help circulate airflow around the pan and allow it to cool down faster.

Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars

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Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 9 large bars or 18 small bars 1x


The Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars feature the flavors of cherries and white chocolate (with just a hint of coconut, too.) Enjoy one for dessert or a sweet treat anytime.


Units Scale
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 (11-ounce) package white chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (if you don’t like almond extract use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare an 8″ by 8″ baking dish with baking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave on reduced power (about 70%) using 30-second increments.
  4. Add 1 cup of the white chocolate chips to the melted butter, but do not stir.
  5. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the eggs until they are foamy. Gradually mix the sugar into the eggs, followed by the almond extract and the chocolate mixture. If you are using a stand mixer, start by beating the eggs, sugar, and almond extract with the whisk attachment, and then switch to the paddle attachment for the remaining ingredients.
  6. Combine the flour and salt in a separate bowl and add this to the batter. Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  7. Spread half of the batter mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until just barely golden brown around the edges and the crust is set.
  8. While the crust is in the oven baking, melt the cherry preserves in a saucepan over low heat. Set aside.
  9. Use a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula to fold the remaining white chocolate chips and the coconut into the remaining half of batter.
  10. When the bottom crust is done, remove it from the oven and spread it all over with the melted cherry preserves. Then spoon the remaining batter over the top in dollops, taking it the whole way to the edges. It’s ok if there are some spaces between the spoonfuls of batter. Sprinkle the whole thing with sliced almonds.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the bars are set and the top crust is lightly golden around the edges. The middle won’t brown very much, but you want it to be set and not jiggly.
  12. Remove to a wire rack to cool. When completely cool, cut into bars.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes

Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Bars


  • Jamie
    February 18, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    Totally delicious!

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2024 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks so much!


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