Nanny’s Fruitcake Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch


about 4 dozen

Updated: Dec. 05, 2023
My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I turned her recipe into cookies that are perfect anytime, especially with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut
Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-2/3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with Triple Sec and toss to combine. Let stand, covered, overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and nutmeg until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in fruit mixture.
  3. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12x3x1-in. rectangular log. Cover; refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are light brown, 13-16 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 131 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.