I made the dough for this recipe 3 nights ago and baked up a trial batch 2 nights ago.
Because of the various comments that the cookies didn't hold together I chopped up most of the fruits which made them a lot stickier. I chopped them to varying degrees and left most of the raisins whole for more interesting texture. I also chopped the nuts. Finally, I packed the dough together tightly before refrigerating. In the end the cookies held together quite nicely. (I let them cool a little before taking them off my baking sheet - that may have helped too...)
I tried various shapes and sizes for the cookie. It bakes up pretty much exactly as you put it on the baking sheet, so the prettier the shape you put down the prettier the cookie will be. My favorite was a standard 1.5" diameter cookie dough scoop. It was easy and quick to scoop, kept the dough packed together automatically, and made nice rounded ball-shaped cookies.
Finally, I used some standard mixed candied fruit in place of some of the cherries and pineapple just for convenience, and that worked fine.
I think the cookies are amazing, can't stop eating them, and will probably make them every Christmas now. But at my holiday party no one ranted and raved about them, so I'm giving them 4 stars instead of 5. Of course, this was not a fruitcake-loving crowd...
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I made the dough for this recipe 3 nights ago and baked up a trial batch 2 nights ago. ...