This fruitcake recipe using crushed vanilla wafer cookies, cherries, pecans, raisins, and coconut is easy to make and requires no baking whatsoever.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl mix the candied cherries, chopped pecans, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, flaked coconut, raisins, vanilla, and crushed vanilla wafers. Batter will be very stiff. Place into pan and store in the refrigerator.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

475.1 calories; 5.6 g protein; 53.4 g carbohydrates; 7.4 mg cholesterol; 116 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
This was a great quick to prepare recipe. However instead of putting it in a pan next time I'm going to make drop cookies out of it using a small ice cream scoop and putting on a waxed paper lined platter. My family didn't think it would taste good because it looks dreadful when done but it went over great. It made two loaf pans full. I was able to send some home to guests. Some of my family doesn't like fruitcake but they liked this recipe. Only a tiny bit is now left for my husband to enjoy. I alas have diabetes and can't eat this. It is best to let this sit in refrigerator overnight for more flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2007
This did not firm up for me. I left it in the fridge for a week and it is mush. Tastes great though. It was expensive to make so I may add another bag of vanilla wafers and see if I can save it. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
This was a great quick to prepare recipe. However instead of putting it in a pan next time I'm going to make drop cookies out of it using a small ice cream scoop and putting on a waxed paper lined platter. My family didn't think it would taste good because it looks dreadful when done but it went over great. It made two loaf pans full. I was able to send some home to guests. Some of my family doesn't like fruitcake but they liked this recipe. Only a tiny bit is now left for my husband to enjoy. I alas have diabetes and can't eat this. It is best to let this sit in refrigerator overnight for more flavor. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
This was a great quick to prepare recipe. However instead of putting it in a pan next time I'm going to make drop cookies out of it using a small ice cream scoop and putting on a waxed paper lined platter. My family didn't think it would taste good because it looks dreadful when done but it went over great. It made two loaf pans full. I was able to send some home to guests. Some of my family doesn't like fruitcake but they liked this recipe. Only a tiny bit is now left for my husband to enjoy. I alas have diabetes and can't eat this. It is best to let this sit in refrigerator overnight for more flavor. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
This is a wonderful holiday cake especially for those people who don't normally like baked fruitcake. It is more like a candy than a cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2009
I must give this recipe 5 starts for its wonderful taste. However it sure comes out looking as something other than a loaf of fruitcake: it's gooey and that aspect may turn some people off (like it did my husband). I think I'll try adding some more crushed Nilla wafers to it to try and firm it up more. Again as to the taste one can't stop eating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2005
This a wonderful recipe. A friend at school back in the early 1960 would bring this to school and share with me. I lost my recipe and was happy to find this recipe. Everyone in my family loves this fruitcake and has a hard time letting it mellow in the frig. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2008
I have looked for this recipe for such a long time. My Mom used to make it. I thought it was a dream but here it is. I'm glad I found it. It's a great fruitcake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I have looked for this recipe for years. Decided to take a chance and see if maybe someone might have a recipe using vanilla waffers. I'm elated with joy for you have solved one of my Christmas gift problems. THANKS THANKS!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
Very quick easy and great tasting recipe! It's a little gooey so instead of forming it into a lof or in a pan I would recommend putting it in individual dishes for serving then mayber top with a little whipped cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2003
like ferrero rochers Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2007
This did not firm up for me. I left it in the fridge for a week and it is mush. Tastes great though. It was expensive to make so I may add another bag of vanilla wafers and see if I can save it. Read More
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