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Fruitcake Cookies with Rum Glaze

Like fruitcake—only better! If you make these cookies nonalcoholic, you may wish to increase the rum extract for richer flavor. —Sheisla Joan Suhan, Scottdale, PA
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rum or additional water
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup diced crystallized ginger
  • 1/3 cup diced candied orange peel
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons rum or additional milk

Directions

  • Place first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until liquid is almost absorbed, 12-15 minutes. Cool completely. Stir in pecans, ginger and orange peel.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in fruit mixture.
  • Place remaining sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape 2 tablespoons of dough into balls; toss in sugar to coat lightly. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until golden brown and just set, 11-13 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Mix glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cookies.

Test Kitchen tips
  • These can also be baked on greased baking sheets if you don't have parchment. Use a metal spatula when removing because they'll stick just a bit.
  • The dough is soft, but workable right after the dough is mixed (no chilling needed), which is a bonus if you're not a planner!
  • You'll love all the texture going on in these cookies: soft centers, chewy fruit and lightly crisp on the outside.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 176 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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