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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."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon 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


  • 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 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 87 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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