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Candied Fruitcake Squares

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

about 5 dozen

I'm not big on citrussy fruitcake, so when I found this version decades ago, I knew I'd found "my" recipe. We're all nutty for it. —Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
Candied Fruitcake Squares Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped candied pineapple
  • 3/4 cup chopped red candied cherries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Directions

  1. Line an 8-in. square baking dish with parchment, letting ends extend up sides of pan; grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dates, pineapple and cherries; toss to coat. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, brown sugar and vanilla until blended; stir into fruit mixture. Stir in pecans. Press firmly into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Using parchment, transfer to a wire rack. Remove paper; cool fruitcake completely.
  4. Using a serrated knife, cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 44 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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