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Fruit ‘n’ Spice Rounds

While I was looking for a way to use up an abundance of dates, I came across this recipe. Made with raisins, walnuts and a delectable lemon glaze, these quickly became a family favorite. —Allison Bell, Helena, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped dates
  • 1 cup finely chopped raisins
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • 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, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the dates, raisins and walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients until smooth; brush over warm cookies. Cool before storing.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 120 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • R L
    Jan 9, 2021

    Experienced baker's only 2nd time making rolled/cut out cookies, just because I never like to wait on chilled dough....But lots of cookies bake up better from chilled so decided to make these and several other cookie doughs in advance for Christmas giveaways....These are really good and easy to make....I did use light brown sugar and also replaced the raisins with a purchased pre-mix of golden raisins, cranberries, and cherries. I also did an orange juice glaze rather than lemon as a personal preference.....They freeze well and will definitely be in my cookie rotation!

  • bernerlover
    Dec 14, 2020

    this cookie is wonderful. I added dried cranberries in place of the raisins , so instead of lemon in the glaze, I added orange zest-otherwise I made as written. Everyone loved them and I will definitely make these again.

  • Zippi_MO
    Nov 22, 2010

    I love this cookie. I like to use chopped dates, golden raisins and chopped nuts, roll into rolls like refrigerator cookies and slice when very cold, instead of rolling out. Every time I take these cookies somewhere, the recipe is requested.

  • cfudala49837
    Dec 8, 2009

    Very good cookies. I will make again.

  • Zippi_MO
    Dec 8, 2009

    This cookie is wonderful, spicy, chewie and keeps well. At least it keeps a few hours until they are all gone. I sometimes substitute chopped dried apricots or dried cherries or cranberries for the raisins. I make several batches before Christmas. They are always a hit!