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Nanny’s Fruitcake Cookies

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1-2/3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums, 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


  • Place the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with Triple Sec and toss to combine. Let stand, covered, overnight.
  • 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.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12x3x1-in. rectangular log. Cover; refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  • 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.
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  • Tash
    Dec 6, 2019

    These cookies look beautiful and festive and they taste great. My husband commented that it's like having just the best parts of fruitcake without the aspects that he doesn't enjoy as much. I would make these again.

  • KristineChayes
    Jul 10, 2019

    I made Nanny’s Fruitcake Cookies for Christmas last year and they were a colorful and delicious addition to my cookie platters. Definitely great with a cup of coffee! This recipe is a keeper!

  • randcbruns
    Mar 17, 2015

    These are a great twist on fruit cake. They are lovely on a plate. The recipe is simple and they are so good.

  • degrootsl
    Feb 18, 2015

    Made as directed and these turned out surprisingly moist. Delicious. I'll make them again.