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
- 1/2 cup light molasses
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 package (15 ounces) raisins
- 1 pound candied fruit, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- In a small saucepan, combine molasses and water; add raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in candied fruit and vanilla. Cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Add fruit mixture, mixing well. Fold in nuts.
- Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups almost full. Bake at 325° for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Miniature Christmas Fruitcakes in Country Woman November/December 1992, p33
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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015
"Great, easy and taste like English plum pudding. AllI need is the English custard or hard sauce. Excellent!"
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010
"These are so easy. Every year I make them for 2 of my sons and they look forward to this treat. The nice thing about the miniatures is that they are about 2 bites each."