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Fruitcake Cookies


Everyone in my family loves fruitcake. Not that yucky thing they sell in the store, or Aunt Shirley’s dried out brick of a fruitcake, but real fruit and booze filled moist fruitcake with real dried fruits and toasted nuts. My favorite recipe is this Druken Fruitcake, but it takes quite a while to make and is pretty expensive. And with this year being so frantic, I decided to get my fruitcake fix in an easier manner with these little fruitcake cookies.

This recipe is based on several fruitcake cookies I’ve found. I tried to take my favorite parts of traditional fruitcake and incorporate them into these cookies. The only thing missing is the booze, but you can fix that by serving them with some hot buttered rum.

This cookie is kind of like shortbread mixed with dried fruits and nuts, so there’s no baking soda or baking powder included in the recipe. The only rise in the dough is from the eggs. It’s a wonderful, soft cookie that is full of spice and boozy fruit.


To start these cookies, I just soak the fruit in warm rum to reconstitute them. Then I just cream some butter and sugar together, add the flour, spices eggs, and then the fruit and nuts. I think these cookies work best when you refrigerate the dough for at least a few hours before baking it.  I usually refrigerate the dough overnight. Then just bake up the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and that’s it!

The fruit, nuts and liqour in this recipe can be changed any way you like. For instance, cherries, blueberries and currants with almonds, or craisins, raisins and apples with walnuts. Just pick out what sounds best to you.

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