Jeanne Gliddon Recipe

Fruit Cocktail Dessert

By Jeanne Gliddon jgliddon45

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Jeanne's Story

Here is another favorite recipe from A Women's Paradise of recipes by the Associated Women For Pepperdine College cookbook that was published in 1962. Please note that this is not the same as a Fruit Cocktail Cake. The center is soft while the top is chewy and it is best served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream. My tweak was to add the melted butter to the topping because I found that it adds to the chewiness of this wonderful down home dessert!


1 c
1 c
1 tsp
1 large
1 can(s)
fruit cocktail, juice and all
3/4 c
chopped walnuts
3/4 c
brown sugar
4 Tbsp
butter, melted
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Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Gather all ingredients.
Beat egg.
Add all ingredients except walnuts nuts, brown sugar and melted butter
Blend together with spoon.
Pour in 8x11 baking pan that has been sprayed with no stick cooking spray.
Combine brown sugar and walnuts in bowl.
Sprinkle brown sugar and nuts evenly on batter and pat down lightly. Drizzle melted butter over topping.
Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
And looks like this!
Spoon out in bowls and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #Fruit, #nuts, #sugar, #flour, #Egg

  • Comments

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    Susan Cutler suak - Jun 30, 2013
    I love Fruit Cocktail. I also have a recipe but can't find it J using fruit cocktail. This recipe dates back to when I was in my twenties and a young wife and mother. For mine, you make a crust to put on the top..I wish I could find it. I actually have been looking for a few recipes, I used to make. I must have had them altogether and wanted to put them all in a 'safe' place! lol I accomplished the latter!

    Yours sounds wonderful and as usual you do such a wonderful job with your picture sequences. I have PINCHED it and will one day make it.

    Thank you for posting, Jeanne!

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    Jeanne Gliddon jgliddon45 - Jun 30, 2013
    Thank you Sue! Yes this recipe has been around a long time and it is very tried and true in this household. I remember when my Mother used to make it and so it brought a special warmth to my heart when I ate it last night. I am sure that you will love it it too! Also, it is so simple and just takes a few minutes to whip it up which is an added bonus!
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    Susan Cutler suak - Jun 30, 2013
    I don't think I have seen many recipes made using Fruit Cocktail these days. Fruit Cocktail was really popular back when we were young, J. I know, I had it all the time, sugar and everything.. lol I have seen in many old cookbooks recipes using it.

    I used to like it from the can but really cold. I would start eating the fruit cocktail by separating out the grapes first. What a memory there. :)
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    Jeanne Gliddon jgliddon45 - Jun 30, 2013
    And I always went for the cherries, surprise, surprise, lol! I just edited the pictures. Now the one with the ice cream will be at the bottom and the one without in the pretty bowl is the main one because I think it is a better picture of the actual dessert. BTW, I was reheating the dessert in the bowl after dinner in the microwave and it broke. So sad because it was really pretty and I had it a long time. Stupid me!
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    Jeanne Gliddon jgliddon45 - Jun 30, 2013
    P.S. There are some Fruit Cocktail Cake recipes you can find if you do a search on JAP. I checked it out because I didn't want to duplicate mine if it was already there.