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Reindeer Bites Recipe

Reindeer Bites Recipe

Fruitcake finds its way into a cookie for a new tasty treat. You'll be reaching for this recipe year after year! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:22 servings


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied cherries
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough (recipe on page XX)
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 12 red candied cherries, halved


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, apricots, cranberries and raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool to room temperature; stir in the pecans, cherries and nutmeg.
  • 2. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. In a large mixing bowl, combine dough and fruit mixture.
  • 3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cookies. Top each with a candied cherry piece. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 104 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"@ rkroniger and everyone else.....find recipe here:"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"did i miss something? what is meant by refrigerated holiday cookie dough?"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I love the smell of these cookies while being made.

Also with all of the fruit, I like to think of them as a Christmas healthfood.
I forgoe the rumextract and used some good spiced rum in the cookies and the icing"

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