Two of my favorite things, gingerbread and fruitcake, meet in a truly great cookie. You’d never know this recipe starts with a mix. It bursts with fruit, nuts and gingerbread flavor, topped with a delightful orange glaze. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
I've been using this recipe for more than 25 years, so I don't have to tell you how much my family likes it! Whole wheat flour and oats make these crisp yet chewy cookies a hearty around-the-clock snack.
For folks who like their fruitcake in small doses, this is the mouthwatering answer. I always have plenty packed away in the freezer to replenish my yuletide supply.—Bonnie Milner, De Ridder, Louisiana
“When visiting a friend, I helped organize her recipe collection into scrapbooks,” recalls Theresa Myslicki of North Fort Myers, Florida. “When I found this recipe, I asked to copy it. I served the elegant dessert at my bridge club luncheon to oohs and aahs.” TIP: Fill these five-ingredient cookie cups with any flavor of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet.
Meet the Cook: Even people who normally won't eat fruitcake enjoy these, I've found.
We are retired (my husband and I have two grown daughters). I've been cooking for 50 years...and my mother, who's 83, thinks nothing of baking 8 dozen cinnamon rolls, custard pies and raisin bread all on the same day!—Libby Over, Phillipsburg, Ohio
From the first time I baked these cookies, they've been a lip-smacking success. Old-fashioned and attractive, they make a perfect holiday pastry. I'm the grandmother of six and stay active with a German folk dance group.
Since I've enjoyed cooking almost my entire life—I've been doing it since I was old enough to be able to—I should have known the way my husband and I would meet. I was working at our local county fair (when I retired 2 years ago, I was its executive director)...and Mehrle and his dad were putting up a dining room on the grounds one day!
This recipe's one people always ask for. They tell me it's habit-forming!
I'm the kind of cook who starts with a basic recipe, then throws in "extras" to make it my own. I'm also the type who doesn't like making the same old thing over and over. So it's good my husband's the way he is—Mehrle's happy to eat just about anything I serve.
Once after making a fruit cake, I had some fruit and nuts left over. I mixed them into a basic cookie dough along with pineapple and coconut. These soft, colorful cookies are a nice addition to a Christmas dessert tray.