- 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
- In a small bowl, combine raisins and bourbon. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies
"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,"
"Excellent! I didn't have raisins so I substituted Craisins instead. I also used the Fruit Cake mix that our grocery store had and they turned out wonderful! So much so, I went back to the grocery store to purchase more Fruit Cake Mix."
"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."
"These cookies are wonderful!! My husband says they are better than fruit cake. Very moist. I did learn though not to over bake them, 12 minutes was all mine needed, I also made them into large cookies. I also used a mixture called fruit cake candied fruit, that is all our store."
"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."