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Holiday Fruitcake Bars Recipe

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My family prefers these scrumptious squares to the larger, more traditional fruitcake. Since they're so quick and simple to make, I always include several batches in my annual holiday baking spree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 120 wafers)
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 160 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Pour butter into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with wafer crumbs. Arrange pecans and fruit over crumbs; press down gently. Combine milk and vanilla; pour evenly over fruit. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Fruitcake Squares in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p34

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"Anyone know how to make a fruitcake sugarfree? Since I am a diabetic, I can't eat the regular one. Please send me a recipe at"

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