Holiday Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

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What says “Christmas” more than fruitcake? Less sweet and dense than the actual cake, these goodies are sure to please your family and friends. —Hannah LaRue Rider, East Point, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:108 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 108 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 57 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange juice and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the candied fruit, raisins and pecans.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 9 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Fruitcake Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p63

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"I made these cookies at Christmas to give to my friends and family. It is a Delicious cookie and my friends and family thought so too!"

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