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Better Than Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Better Than Fruitcake Cookies

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"This recipe makes over 12 dozen small cookies... a great substitution for holiday fruitcake . You can substitute rum-soaked dried apricots and dates instead of glacee'd cherries and figs for an equally tasty cookie."

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Original recipe makes 12 dozen Change Servings


  1. In a large bowl, combine fruits, honey, sherry, lemon juice, salt and walnuts. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. Cream together with butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix well. Combine the flour, salt and cloves; gradually blend into the butter mixture. Blend in the fruit and nut mixture
  3. Lightly flour work surface and divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll into logs and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place dough in freezer for at least an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut logs into thin rounds and place on cookie sheet spaced at least 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake 10 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 08, 2004

I read all the reviews and tried to address people's issues and got a 5-star cookie out of it. I used precut Date Nuggets and countered their dryness by using a few more tablespoons of rum. The apricots weren't bad to cut up. Then in the AM I put half the mixture at a time in a food processor and pulsed it a few times so the fruit was more evenly sized and ultimately easier to slice cleanly into rounds. I also baked them a bit longer. The end result was a huge hit...not sweet and a good addition to a cookie plate

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 31, 2002

I must have done something wrong because the dough was very crumbly and the cookies were not sweet enough. I used apricots, dates, and rum instead of figs, cheeries, and sherry.


13 Ratings

Nov 09, 2003

I am not big on fruitcake, but these cookies were VERY good. When I sent cookies home w/ guests they always asked if I would put alot of the fruitcake ones in. They really were quite easy to make & it does make ALOT of them. Now I will make these every year! Thanks, Traci Z.

Dec 31, 2002

These cookies have a very flavour. The problem was that no matter what knife I used they would not cut nicely. They kept braking apart.I tried chilling them more and less and it didn't make a difference. Next time I would not bother to roll them but form into cookies. I also used dates instead of figs and added a few chopped apricots.

Oct 05, 2004

Because we can't eat figs, I replaced them with a fruitcake mix. The cookies were delicous..but they didn't last long, so had to make them more often.

Nov 10, 2002

While this cookie is extremely tasty, it takes a whole lot of effort and time. It's difficult to chop some of the fruits because they're so sticky. Still, if you want to impress somebody with a good holiday cookie, and you have time, this is a good recipe.

Nov 08, 2010

These were a huge hit! They are very good!

Feb 10, 2010

Delectable and diffrent


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  • Calories
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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