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Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Two of my favorite things, gingerbread and fruitcake, meet in a truly great cookie. You’d never know this recipe starts with a mix. It's brimming with fruit, nuts and gingerbread flavor and topped with a delightful orange glaze. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough orange juice to reach desired consistency. Spread or drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe Note

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.

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Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed 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."

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