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Fruitcake Bars

 Fruitcake Bars
"This recipe has been a family favorite for years," tells Terry Mercede of Danbury, Connecticut. "People who declare they won't eat fruitcake love these bars! They're so easy to make...and they're colorful, too - chock-full of candied pineapple and red and green cherries."
96 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped candied pineapple
  • 1-3/4 cups red and green candied cherries, halved
  • 2 cups pitted dates, halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in
  • vanilla. Add flour and walnuts; mix well. Spread evenly into a
  • greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with pineapple,
  • cherries and dates; press lightly into dough.
  • Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on
  • a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 8 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 87 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.