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Fruitcake Christmas Cookies Recipe

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies Recipe

As holiday gifts, these rich fruit-and-nut filled cookies are pretty and practical—the taste actually improves with age!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD: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


  • 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.