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Easy Fruitcake Bars

 Easy Fruitcake Bars
There's a sweet surprise in every bite of this fruitcake-like treat. The bars keep well in the freezer, so they can be enjoyed long after the holiday season's over.
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a
  • large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and orange peel until
  • blended. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture
  • until well combined. Stir in walnuts and the reserved fruit mixture.
  • Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
  • Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Baked bars may be frozen in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 88 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.