Fruitcake Christmas Cookies Recipe
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Fruitcake Christmas Cookies Recipe

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As holiday gifts, these rich fruit-and-nut filled cookies are pretty and practical. Make them ahead—the taste actually gets better over time! —Julia Funkhouser, Carson, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces red candied cherries, halved
  • 4 ounces candied pineapple, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups dates, finely cut
  • 1/2 cup broken walnuts
  • 1/2 cup broken pecans
  • 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 265 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt and soda; add to creamed mixture. Stir in fruits and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Store tightly covered; cookies are best after a few days. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Fruitcake Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p52

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nicolastone User ID: 8676221 240292
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"These were soooo yummy...the only difference is I used the ultimate fruitcake fruit mix...I won second place in a cookie contest at work...only missing it by one vote..(it was biased lol )...I had to make them three times this holiday season...once for for Christmas cookie exchange...and again for Christmas..they are actually better if you make them a few days ahead of time and store them in a tight container..its like the juice from the candied fruit sinks in and gives it an incredible taste...definitely a keeper"

sonicbill11 User ID: 8672881 240010
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Hazelnuts are also called Filberts. I've seen both names in the supermarket. These cookies are absolutely delicious. I make them every year during Christmas."

cantremember User ID: 2569354 239786
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I used fresh dates which were hard to cut up and made a gooey mess in the dough. wished they had more candied pineapple but tasted good. should I used a different kind of dates? also only used walnuts and pecans. think hazel nuts have another name so couldn't find them."

christine8520 User ID: 7365522 239770
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I used 7 oz of dried fruit (apples, plums, apricots) and diced it in small pieces in place of candied fruit. I also only used peacans that my daughter curshed in a sandwich bag. My daugher doesn't eat fruit cake of any kind, but ate these cookies. There is only a dozen left. A definate add to my recipe list."

Daisy714 User ID: 7526598 74632
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"This recipe is a keeper! I didn't have candied pineapple or hazelnuts and they were delicious! Will try this again using all of the ingredients. I got 4 1/2 dozen from this recipe."

jacqnjill User ID: 6633654 42618
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012


Jellybug User ID: 53068 15191
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"Out of this world delicious..they make great gifts if place in small pretty tins..."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 20850
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"Out of this world delicious!!! makes a great gift in pretty little tins..."

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