Fruitcake Cookies studded with candied citrus rinds, maraschino cherries, nuts and a symphony of spices — truly stellar!! I love fruitcake. I confess I feel lonely in this obsession sometimes – especially with the jokes– but there must be other fruitcake lovers somewhere. (Aren’t there? Please??!) True, there are good recipes and bad recipes and some commercial fruitcakes are not worthy of the name. Still I’ll gladly sample and discard the bad in order to find and savor the good fruitcake! This is the good — and in just the right portion!
Fruitcake cookies go together quickly in the order given. Mix the spices with part of the flour and they will be evenly distributed in the cookie, with no hot spots of nutmeg or cinnamon. Mixing the fruitcake bits of candied citrus peel and fruits, the nuts and dates keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the mixture or cookie. The original recipe from a newspaper clipping called for dates, but I don’t always have them on hand and don’t like to buy for such a small amount. (Not cheap – frugal!) I have substituted raisins, golden raisins and candied cherries. I haven’t tried them but I think dried cranberries would also work.
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cup flour
- 8 ounce package fruitcake mix
- ⅓ cup chopped dates OR golden raisins
- ¾ cup chopped English walnuts
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix baking soda, spices with 1 cup flour and set aside.
- Mix the fruitcake mix, dates and nuts with ½ cup flour until coated and set aside.
- Cream sugar and butter until light.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Add flour and spices from step 2 and mix well.
- Blend in fruit and nut mixture.
- Dough will be sticky and appear somewhat shiny. Add remaining ¼ cup of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. You may not need all of it, depending on the size of the eggs used. Dough consistency should be thick enough to hold shape but will still be sticky.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper OR grease well.
- Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until light brown on the bottom.
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Katherines Corner says
These remind me of my childhood. Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the cookie swap. Pinned to the Christmas cookie board ♥
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Oh my goodness these cookies are awesome! What a great idea! All month long I am featuring different holiday cookie creations for my cookie countdown to Christmas! I would love it if you stopped by to check it out! 🙂
thanks for the invitation! I hopped over to take a look — lots of yummy cookies! Congratulations on your blogging birthday too!