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!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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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