Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies Recipe
- 2 cups raisins
- 1/4 cup bourbon or unsweetened apple juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 3/4 cup red candied cherries, halved
- 3/4 cup green candied cherries, halved
- 1. In a small bowl, combine raisins and bourbon. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
- 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until blended. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in the pecans, cherries and raisin mixture.
- 3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
1 cookie: 93 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
Reviews for Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies
"Thank you forthis recipe. Have done it for many years, lost the recipe..couldn't remember the quantity of ingredients...sooo glad I found it here. Will be making a couple of batches as of tomorrow!...Are you getting 36 cookies? I use a generous teaspoon instead of tablespoon and only got 26 cookies! Inalso reduced the raisins to 1.5 C and drain them of juice b4 adding to mixture..These are delicious., sooo glad I found it again????????"
"My husband loves fruitcake so I thought I'd give these a try. They are delicious. No substitutions or changes, the recipe is wonderful just the way it is. Thanks so much for sharing, these will be an addition to the cookie list every year."
"Excellent - we love these!"
"This is the recipe my Mom always used. I grind my fruit in a meat grinder because my family doesn't like big pieces. They are delicious Use raisins, cherries, chopped dates, and pineapple."
"Delicious. They tasted just like fruitcake. I also used the fruitcake mix from the store. It included citron which added the taste I associate with fruitcake. I will definitely make these again."
"Great!! Used candied cherry and pineapple mix and Apple juice,"
"Very good recipe! I also used dried fruits instead of candied ones. The dried pineapple, cherries and dried apricots. Maybe will add some citrus next time. I Used only apple juicefor the mix. Baking time is the key. 12 minutes is enough or they dry out too much! I placed mine in the cupcake liners both mini and regular--works great."
"I used to make these many years ago. I substituted 1 1/2 cups of candied fruit peels for the candied red and green cherries and added this to the 2 c raisins and let these soak overnight in 1/2 cup of Brandy instead of bourbon, turning the container over once or twice to be sure the brandy flavored the entire contents of the container. I also used chopped pecans (walnuts are also good....have used them in the past). These are my Hubby's favorite Christmas cookie and I found out today, one of our friends flipped over them when he tasted them. Delicious!"
"These are absolutely wonderful!!! Just took the first batch out of the oven & had to sample. My husband who is not a sweet lover thought these were divine!! I ran out of candied cherries and used some candied pineapple instead. Already adding the ingredients to my grocery list to make another batch!! The bourbon adds a hint of flavor that is not at all overwhelming! I did chill the batter for a few minutes before placing on the cookie sheet and it worked well."
"I have a recipe almost exactly like this but called "Lizzies" that I have been making for many years. Since my family doesn't like fruitcake, these are a great substitute. These my family like. They are delicious and keep very well. I use only red cherries but it wouldn't make any difference except more colorful with green and red."
"Very easy to make."
"Can I substitute candied pineapple for the raisins. My family will not eat anything with raisins. I would eliminate the bourbon."
"These cookies are easy to throw together and an exceptionally delicious as well as colorful addition to the gift tins of cookies I prepare. The recipe is a keeper and will be a tradition inthe Paulsen household from now on."
"Wonderful and easy! I did use Crasins instead of the red candied cherries."
"These are delicious. They taste like fruitcake (with a great balance of spices) but the texture is a lot more enjoyable! My only issue was that they are difficult to put on the baking sheet because they kept kind of crumbling and falling apart-- my suggestion for this is to cool the batter for 5-10 minutes before baking. The batch only made 20 cookies because I made them a little larger so if you don't want them as tiny as the picture, but want a bigger payoff for your efforts, double the recipe! I can't wait to see how they are rated in my holiday cook-off at work tomorrow!@Joscy- the candied cherries I got have 15g sugar and 23 total carbs for only 10 pieces!!! I would look at the label first and maybe substitute some sugar-free Craisins or something similar :)"
"Just asking....are these suitable ((with candied cherries??)) for folks with Type I diabetes? I noticed it has 16 grams of carbs (I consider that 1 (one) carb). Thank You!!"