Fruitcake Cookies

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A delicious and unique Christmas Cookie recipe, these Soft & Chewy Fruitcake Cookies take the best parts of a classic Christmas fruitcake and turn them into a crowd-pleasing Christmas favorite! A quick and easy Christmas cookie recipe, these Fruitcake Cookies are soft, chewy and full of fun mix-ins. They are a unique cookie to add to your Christmas cookie baking

Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Okay, so let’s just address the elephant in the room, shall we?

Not everyone is a fan of fruitcake. I definitely am not a fan of the conventional, store-bought version that has a 3-year shelf life and has a peculiar rubbery texture. But after my university roommate exposed me to the glorious comfort food that is Jamaican Fruit Loaf (complete with melted cheddar cheese on top), I’ve been open to the idea that fruitcake doesn’t have to be horrible.

I am still working on the perfect “fruit loaf” recipe, but until then I wanted to play with those flavors and make a soft and chewy fruitcake cookie with loads of chewy candied fruit and crunchy pecans.

These cookies are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re bringing them to a cookie exchange, serving them at a Christmas party, or gifting them. Even the most staunch fruitcake loathers will be pleasantly surprised at how yummy these tender cookies are!

By using a shortening base and all brown sugar (no white sugar), these cookies take on an incredible melt-in-your-mouth texture.

You can make them even more fruitcake-inspired by adding a splash of rum, or a teaspoon of rum extract.

I’m not usually a fan of anything other than chocolate chips or caramel in my baked goods (I’m looking at you nuts in brownies, or raisins in cookies…) but the candied fruit and nuts in this cookie recipe are really enjoyable and indulgent. 

For this recipe, I used Millican Pecan’s Pecan Pieces. I didn’t realize what a difference there could be between pecan brands, but these are so incredibly fresh and flavorful. They also have delicious snack options like the Sweet and Spicy Pecans which are perfect for the holidays. My next order, I’m trying their Pecan Butter and the Caramel Pecan Coffee! (And by the way, this is not sponsored – I just really love them.)

Like most of my cookie recipes, you can freeze the cookie dough if you need to prepare ahead. Just wrap the dough securely with saran wrap and place in an airtight freezer-safe bag for up to three months. Let the dough come to room temperature before portioning and baking.

How to make Fruitcake Cookies - a delicious and unique Christmas cookie recipe

Fruitcake Cookie Ingredients

Tip: add a teaspoon of rum extract, if desired. Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe

  

How to Make Fruitcake Cookies

Place shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and milk, and beat to combine thoroughly. In a small separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add half the dry ingredients into the shortening mixture, combine fully, then add the remaining half and beat until combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the pecans and mixed fruit. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough and the refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400F and remove cookie dough from the fridge. Space the cookies 2″ apart on a parchment or silicone mat lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for one minute on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack.   Pin this Delicious and Unique Christmas Cookie recipe: The perfect unique Christmas cookie recipe to bring to your Cookie Exchange, these Fruitcake Cookies incorporate the candied fruit and nuts from fruitcake into a delicious chewy cookie! Grab your free printable for our Christmas Fruitcake Cookies recipe:

Yield: 24 cookies

Fruitcake Cookies

Fruitcake Cookies

These soft and chewy fruitcake cookies have all of the fun mix-ins of a fruitcake, in a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookie form!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans (mix of chopped and whole ideally)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped glace cherries

Instructions

  1. Place shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and milk, and beat to combine thoroughly.In a small separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.Add half the dry ingredients into the shortening mixture, combine fully, then add the remaining half and beat until combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Stir in the pecans and mixed fruit.Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough and the refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F and remove cookie dough from the fridge.
  5. Space the cookies 2" apart on a parchment or silicone mat lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool for one minute on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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These Fruitcake Cookies are a fun and unique recipe to bring to a cookie exchange or gift to loved ones during the holidays. For more delicious Christmas cookie recipes, check out our Walnut Crescent cookies or our Hot Chocolate Eggnog cookies recipe.

What is Houseful Of Cookies?

I’m sharing these Fruitcake Cookies today as part of the Houseful of Cookies blog hop.

Houseful of Cookies is an annual, virtual cookie hop, hosted by my friend Natasha Nicholes of Houseful of Nicholes. Check out the other cookie recipes below to round out your holiday baking!

Houseful Of Cookies Virtual Cookie Hop

Houseful Of Cookies Participants

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Cake Mix Santa Cookies – Dairy Carrie

Candy Cane Cookies – Brooklyn Active Mama

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Gingersnap Cookies – Divas With A Purpose

Decorated Ugly Sweater Cookies – 1000 Directions

Mickey Christmas Headband Cookies – Cutefetti

Birds Nest Cookies – My Crafty Life

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Kenya Rae

Gluten-Free Russian Tea Cakes – Day by Day in Our World

Not His Mamma’s Tassies – Heather Spins a Yarn

Molded Peanut Butter Cookies – This Mamas Life

Not Your Mama’s Milk & Cookies – Life of a Ginger

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Mama Harris’ Kitchen

Coffee Sandwich Cookies with Browned Buttercream Filling – How Was Your Day?

Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies – Omadarling

Coffee Cookies – Someday I’ll Learn

Toffee Bits Cookies – This Worthey Life

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