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Holiday Fruitcake Bars

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


about 3 dozen

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.


  • 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


  1. Pour butter into a 15x10x1-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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 160 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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