Fruit Cake Cookies

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The easy way to enjoy fruit cake! Fruit Cake Cookies stuffed with pineapple and candied cherries. Top with powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting.

Fruit cake…yes or no? If you said no, I’m here to change your mind with these cookies. Things like meatloaf, beans, mushrooms and stuffing often get a bad name. Although I didn’t grow up eating fruit cake, I quickly fell in love with these easy fruit cake cookies.

easy christmas fruit cake cookies with one broken in half

Fruit Cake Cookies Recipe

If you always find yourself rushed during the holiday season, fruit cake cookies come to the rescue. Fruit cake tends to be better as it sits. These cookies freeze really well and the fruit helps keep them tender.

Where do you buy candied fruit?

Candied fruit can seem like a strange thing, but normally you can find it either in the dried fruit section of your grocery store, or in the baking aisle. During the holidays you can often find candied fruit by the holiday baking supplies.

And if you see it after Christmas on the clearance racks, pick some up for next year. Candied fruit is good for about 24 months if you store it in a cool, dry place.

fruit cake cookies with powdered sugar

How do you make fruit cake cookies?

Just as with many other cookie and cake recipes, mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. This helps to not overdevelop the gluten in the flour, creating a softer texture to your cookie.

Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the butter & egg mixture. Mix just until it is all combined, then fold in the fruit and nuts. Make the cookies as big as you’d like them, but we dropped them by rounded tablespoons, giving us 24 cookies. If you make them smaller or larger, you’ll have to adjust the baking time.

Baking Fruit Cake Cookies

Use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for baking the fruit cake cookies so you are sure they won’t stick.

You’ll notice that fruit cake cookies take a little longer to bake than traditional cookies. Set the oven to 300º Fahrenheit and bake for about 25-27 minutes. You don’t want to overbake the cookies.

What do you put on fruit cake cookies?

A simple dusting of powdered sugar is good for these fruit cookies, but if you love cream cheese frosting, whip up a batch of our homemade frosting and spread it on the cookies. Not only does it look pretty, but it tastes delicious. Top with a pecan half as shown below for a festive look.

iced fruit cake cookies with pecans

How to Store Fruit Cake Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container. You can freeze them if they are wrapped well. Just let them come to room temperature before unwrapping them. Then all the moisture will stay in the cookie.

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Fruit Cake Cookies Recipe
Fruit Cake Cookies Recipe

Fruit Cake Cookies

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The easy way to enjoy fruit cake! Fruit Cake Cookies stuffed with pineapple and candied cherries. Top with powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting.
Servings 24
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups chopped mixed nuts
  • 1 pound deluxe mixed candied fruit
  • ½ pound candied pineapple (finely chopped)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mats.
  • Sift together the flour, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs.
  • Add the flour to the dough, alternating with milk and mixing until all of the flour and milk is incorporated.
  • Add the nuts and candied fruit. Mix well.
  • Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheets. You should get about 24 cookies.
  • Bake until the cookies are set, about 25-27 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 3-4 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Author Julie Clark
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, fruit cake, fruit cookies

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Can you use raisens instead of dates?

Tasneem
2 years ago

We dont need to refrigerate dough???