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I dress up traditional fruitcake by stirring in colorful, chewy gumdrops. No one can resist a sweet slice!—JoAnn Renze, Omaha, Nebraska
MAKES:
32 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES:
32 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups small gumdrops
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup red candied cherries, cut in half
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, applesauce and vanilla (batter will appear curdled). Remove black gumdrops and save for another use. In a large bowl, combine the gumdrops, pecans, dates, raisins, cherries and 1 cup flour; toss to coat. Combine the baking soda, cinnamon, pie spice and remaining flour; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in gumdrop mixture.
Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 300° for 45 minutes; cover loosely with foil. Bake 45 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Gumdrop Loaves in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p48

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 321 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups small gumdrops
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup red candied cherries, cut in half
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, applesauce and vanilla (batter will appear curdled). Remove black gumdrops and save for another use. In a large bowl, combine the gumdrops, pecans, dates, raisins, cherries and 1 cup flour; toss to coat. Combine the baking soda, cinnamon, pie spice and remaining flour; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in gumdrop mixture.
  2. Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 300° for 45 minutes; cover loosely with foil. Bake 45 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Gumdrop Loaves in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p48

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Kasha User ID: 179140 110250
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"Tasted good should have cooked it a little longer, the tooth pick came out clean but it wasnt quite cooked."

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