This recipe is an old favourite. A chewy, nutty, Christmas special. Now this recipe makes 60 of these cookies, but fortunately, just like the average fruitcake, these fruitcake cookies age well with time. Full of dried fruits and pecans, this recipe is bound to steal your heart!
Fruitcake Cookies recipe
- 3 cups of chopped pecans
- 1 1/4 cups of white raisins
- 1.5 cups of apple juice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 pound of candied fruit (try to find an all natural one or if you’re particularly concerned about it then you can dry up fresh fruits yourself)
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups of flour
- baking powder(1.5 tbsp)
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- milk (1.5 tbsp)
- a few spices (ground clove, nutmeg, cinnamon; 1/2 tsp each)
- Preheat your oven to 325F and line your desired baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- In a large bowl add some flour to the candied fruit to avoid it from sticking together and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, sift the leftover flour, spices and baking soda.
- Now cream the butter and sugar (with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer) and add eggs one at a time, then milk and then juice. (To make this recipe for an older age group or just to challenge your taste buds a little further. Try adding a few spoons of rum or brandy into the mixture, right after the juice. This will leave the cookies with a little bit of a tart punch at the end and make every bite full of flavour.)
- Add the sifted ingredients and fold the mixture gently along with the nuts, raisins and floured fruit.
- The batter may seem more like a cake batter but don’t worry! That’s how it’s supposed to be.
- On your lined tray, drop the mixture in desired shapes.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden-brown. Cool them off completely before storing in an airtight container.
Tips & Tricks
- The batter will not spread, so there’s no need to leave a lot of space between each cookie.
- The cookies will last longer if refrigerated.
- It will be perfect with a hot cup of cocoa or a cold glass of milk, even more so if the temperature drops low and bonus points if it’s Christmas!
One cookie contains 70 calories, which might be on the unhealthier side but extremely hard to resist. On the brighter side, it has a high 54mg of potassium and provides you with good carbohydrates!
This recipe is just an easy (and delicious!) way out of making an actual fruitcake. These are fruit-bound, spice-scented and cooked to chewy perfection; totally an irresistible treat for the winter time. Make this treat for your family and friends today, because there are only two kinds of people in the world—the ones who love these cookies and the ones who haven’t tried a good enough version yet. Change the minds of the non-believers with these crunchy, tangy and scrumptious cookies!