Two good recipes using candied fruit include Land ‘O Lakes candied fruit bars and Taste of Home’s candied fruit cookies. Both recipes call for candied cherries and pineapples.
To make Land ‘O Lakes candied fruit bars, heat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and make a crust using 2 1/2 cups of vanilla wafer crumbs and 1/3 cup of melted butter, mixing the two ingredients well and pressing into the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch ungreased baking pan. Bake the crust for eight to 10 minutes, or until browned.
After baking the crust, arrange 1/2 cup pecan halves and 1/3 cup each candied green and red cherries and pineapple. In a medium bowl, combine 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk with 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix well, and then pour over the fruit and nuts in the crust. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the edges brown. Cool, and then cut into bars.
To make Taste of Home’s candied fruit cookies, cream 1/2 cup softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar in a large bowl. Beat in 1 egg. In another bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing well. Fold in 2 1/2 cups pitted dates, 1/2 cup each chopped candied pineapples and cherries, and 3/4 cup each coarsely chopped and toasted Brazil nuts and toasted and chopped almonds.
Drop teaspoons of batter 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets, and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for eight to 10 minutes.