Candied Fruit Magic Bars

We all have favorites that we love to eat and make during the holidays.  This is one of my all time favorites.  It is great tasting and very easy to put together.  Just what we all need this time of the year.  There is one problem.  It is very hard just to eat one square!!  I made these last night and found myself having a cup of coffee with two of these sweet morsels.

Looking at the recipe last night I could not believe how long I had been making them. I got the recipe one Thanksgiving at my Dad’s. My step mother always made them for Christmas.   On the back of the recipe I had written  sizes of my nephews 2T and size 8 so that I could pick them up a couple of things for Christmas.  They are both young men now.  One in his last year of residency and the other  is running a farm!  Time flies!!!

So here is a family favorite that I want to share with you.  They are made just like the Chocolate Magic Bars, but the taste is so different.  The sugar in the candied fruits makes them so moist and chewy.  The colors as you can see are perfect for the holiday.  So give these a try.  They only take about 15 minutes to put together and another 30 to bake.  And they will be a pleasure to all!!

Here’s what you need!

Melt 1 stick of butter while oven is preheating.

Graham cracker crumbs

Add crumbs to melted butter and press down your hand or a glass

I used a new pan and think that I should have pressed the crumbs in the pan more.  Make sure that you press firmly with your hand or use the bottom of a glass.

Sprinkle with about a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

Add 1 cup of candied cherries and pineapple cut in small pieces

I think I used a little more than a cup here.  A tip for cutting up the fruit just leave fruit in the container and used kitchen shears to chop the fruit in small pieces.  Sticky!!!

Add 3 1/2 oz. can flaked coconut or 1 1/3 cups

Pour can of Eagle Brand milk on top and spread

Bake in a moderate oven 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Cut into bars.

Ready to cut

Ready to enjoy!

Magic Fruit Bars

  • 1 stick of butter melted in 9 x 13 inch pan
  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups of candied cherries and pineapple chopped
  • 1 1/3  cups of flaked coconut (3 1/2 oz. can)
  • 15 oz. can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter and pour into a 9 x 13 in. pan.  Prink crumbs evenly over melted butter.  Press down with fingers or glass bottom.  Scatter with nuts and fruit.  Sprinkle with coconut.  Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over coconut.  Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Cook in pan 15 minutes.  Cut into bars.  Make about 2 dozen 1 1/2 in.  by 3 in. bars.


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Filed under Cookies, Cooking, Dessert, Eagle Brand Milk, fruits, quick, Recipes

47 responses to “Candied Fruit Magic Bars

  1. I like that these are easy. This time of the year is already so crammed with cooking projects it’s a welcome relief to be able to throw something together quickly that tastes fabulous.

  2. Susan

    Looks alot like Christmas!

  3. it looks yummy !
    p.s. ill miss your class. :p

  4. Tania

    this looks very good! i would like to try and cook this one day.



  6. KatyBurger

    I learned you can mash the butter and crumbs with a glass or your hand.

  7. Brett

    i learned that the sugar in the candied fruit makes them moist and chewy

  8. kristin 1st

    I learned that it looks like gummy bears on the recipes.

  9. Rachel Carvalho

    I would’nt have thought to put butter in the bottom of the pan first before sprinkling the crumbs before.

  10. Mandi 1st

    I learned that the sugar in the candied fruits makes them chewy & that they make it look prettier too because of the colors!

  11. Nicole

    I didn’t know that you could buy candied pineapples or cherries.

  12. bethanie

    i learned that the sugar makes it moist and chewy.

  13. Jessica Turner

    I think these would be really good except i dont like coconut so could i make these with out coconut or substitute it?

  14. Heather

    I learned that the sugar in the candied fruit makes them moist and chewy, I also didn’t know you could candy fruit.

  15. Haley V.

    I learned a good tip for cutting up the fruit is to just leave the fruit in the container and use kitchen shears to cut the fruit into small pieces.

  16. Kateca F.

    I didnt know that toasting the nuts would make any kind of difference in the taste.

  17. Jessica Headen

    This looks really good. Had no idea there was such thing as a candied fruit.

  18. Kamron Munch

    I like the idea of smashing the crumbs down with the bottom of a glass instead of your hands!

  19. ladd morgan

    I learned that the candied fruit is very sticky and if you aren’t carful they will take advantage of you and make your hands feel like they have been slathered by a cup of maple syrup.

  20. avery 1st

    I didn’t know that you could use butter to make a crust .

  21. Brittany M. 1st block

    Could you put candy berries in this instead of cherrys and pineapples?

  22. Lucinda Hertlen

    I learned that you can use kitchen shears to cut up the candy.

  23. KhaMaria Jones

    this recipe looks very easy.
    the only thing is i don’t like coconut very much but this looks like a great holiday dish.

  24. Chase DuCharme

    I learned that the sugar makes the bars moist and chewy

  25. Thomas Harris

    I learned that sugar will make bars chewy

  26. alaina blackstock

    I learned that the sugar in the candied fruit makes them chewy and moist.

  27. Abigail Kremer

    I didn’t know you could find candied cherries and pineapples.

  28. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that the sugar makes them moist and chewy.

  29. Mallori 2nd.

    Those look like gummy bears. Could you use gummy bears insted?

  30. BrittanyJ

    I’ve never heard of candied fruits! looks yummy! Sounds like it’s easy to make 🙂

  31. Daniel Vinson

    i learned that the sugar makes the candy chewy

  32. Olivia Jarriel

    I learned that it takes no time at all to make the yummy bars!

  33. LeKeitha2nd

    I learned that kitchen shears are helpful when cutting candy

  34. miya dixon 1st period

    These looks good to make it doesnt take must to make this

  35. anissa g beason

    why are thay diff. colors.

  36. kelsey reid

    I learned sugar makes the bars moist.

  37. Adam

    I learned that you really need to mash down the graham crumbs or they won’t cook right.

  38. ronda

    this looks really good and i didnt know they made candy cherrys and pineapples.

  39. Denisse

    i learned that you can use butter to make you own crust

  40. Austin Whiteley

    i learned that sugar made the bars more chewy and more moist!

  41. jamal 1st pd

    I didn’t know there was such thing as candied fruit

  42. shiya hargrow

    looking at the bars i would have though that when you added the coconut that it would look more like a icing but it looks more liked a baked colorful cooked

  43. Savoi G.

    I learned that the sugar in the bars make them chewy.

  44. Andrew E.

    I love that this recipe has a colorful artistic look to it.

  45. Myah Edwards(:*

    I learned that you could put mash the crumbs and butter with your hand or a glass.

  46. Kaytlyn 2nd

    I learned that sugared candy makes it chewy.

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