Fruit Cocktail Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 11, 2023
My mother passed this recipe on to me. The moist bars have a delightful fruity taste, perfect for potlucks in winter and spring when fresh fruit is limited and expensive. -Linda Tackman, Escanaba, Michigan


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can (15 ounces) fruit cocktail, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs until blended. Beat in fruit cocktail and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture until well blended.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with coconut and walnuts. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Drizzle over cake. Cool. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 161 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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