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Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Fruitcake makes me think of Christmas, but hardly anyone actually likes the fruity cake. I have always wanted to try my hand at baking a holiday fruitcake but was afraid that the dessert would sit uneaten in my kitchen. I also love baking cookies for the holidays, so this year I decided to bake up a batch of fruitcake-inspired cookies. Instead of traditional ingredients like dates and figs, I added treats that my family loves to my take on the fruitcake including pistachios, coconut, and cranberries.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 4 ounces of chopped red candied cherries
  • 4 ounces of chopped green candied cherries
  • 1 cup of pistachios
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Cream together the butter, eggs, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  6. Add the cherries, pistachios, coconut, and cranberries to the mixture.
  7. Drop balls of cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. The cookies do not spread so place the balls fairly close together.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly.
  10. Store the cooled fruitcake cookies in an airtight container.

Butter and Eggs for Fruitcake Cookies Butter and Eggs for Fruitcake Cookies

Milk for Fruitcake Cookies Wet Ingredients for Fruitcake Cookies

Adding Dry Ingredients for Fruitcake Cookies Plain Dough for Fruitcake Cookies

Chopping the Candied Cherries for Fruitcake Cookies Cranberries and Coconut for Fruitcake Cookies

Dough for Fruitcake Cookies Unbaked Fruitcake Cookies

Baking the Fruitcake Cookies Baked Fruitcake Cookies

Finished Fruitcake Cookies Plate of Fruitcake Cookies

Image Credits

Fruitcake Cookies Recipe © 2017 Heather Johnson
Butter and Eggs for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Brown Sugar for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Milk for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Wet Ingredients for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Adding Dry Ingredients for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Plain Dough for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Chopping the Candied Cherries for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Cranberries and Coconut for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Dough for Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Unbaked Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Baking the Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Baked Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Finished Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson
Plate of Fruitcake Cookies © 2017 Heather Johnson

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