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Easy Candied Fruit Cookies

Family and friends always want me to make these for Christmas, so I make lots of them. They're easy to handle and store and also make nice gifts. —Nan Bush, Morganton, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped candied pineapple
  • 1 cup red and green candied cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix the first five ingredients until blended. Divide mixture into three portions. Shape each portion into a 10x2-in. rectangle. Roll each rectangle in confectioners' sugar to coat. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • Unwrap and cut logs crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 86 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • bbjrod
    Dec 21, 2019

    This is precisely the recipe that a family friend made yearly at Christmas. However, she packed it back in the Nilla Wafer box( split down the front with the waxed paper still in it) and it was sliced as a fruitcake! As I recall, hers had raisins also. I will be making this tomorrow as a special surprise for my sister! This recipe is absolutely delicious!

  • cluwilson
    Dec 19, 2018

    The inscructions appear incomplete. Unless you are supposed to eat the dough without baking.