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Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Here’s a recipe that combines two Christmastime classics—gingerbread and fruitcake—into one yummy favorite. I spread on a simple glaze of confectioners' sugar and orange juice. The dough for these cookies can be made ahead of time, making it effortless to fit them into a holiday baking plan. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake/cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container (8 ounces) chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix cookie mix, melted butter and water to form a soft dough. Stir in candied fruit, pecans and raisins. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough orange juice to reach desired consistency. Spread or drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Iced cookies can be stored in covered containers at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 111 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • jwolter
    Dec 10, 2013

    I made these without the nuts or the fruitcake, but added an extra 1/2 cup of raisins. They were absolutely delicious. You should not miss out on these cookie simply because you don't like fruitcake!

  • mreilly615
    Jan 6, 2013

    I made these for my mother-in-law who loves fruitcake. According to her they were great and wanted me to make her more. You must love fruitcake to like these because everyone in my house, including me thought they were terrible.