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My Grandma's Fruitcake Cookies Recipe
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My Grandma's Fruitcake Cookies

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"My grandmother called them Merry Christmas Cookies. This recipe is her own take on fruitcake cookies."

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Original recipe makes 12 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease several baking sheets. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating each addition with about 2 tablespoons of milk until all the milk is incorporated and the dough is soft. Beat in the sherry, and mix in the nuts, raisins, dates, pineapple, and cherries until thoroughly mixed. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are set and the bottoms are very lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
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  • Cook's Note
  • You can substitute regular cream sherry for the vanilla sherry.

Reviews More Reviews

Dec 26, 2009

I followed the recipe exactly, my entire family loved these! 30 minutes cook time is way too long, just check at 20 minutes, I think the most I left some baking for was 25. Make sure to chop everything well! Delicious and filling, I will definitely make this again next Christmas, thank you!

Dec 15, 2012

these cookies are delicious - just what I was hungry for. the consistency was great. I chopped the additions up very small and I usedvanilla rum instead of vanilla cream sherry. the cookies stayed in "balls" (I used a scoop), I think I might flatten them next time... cooked only for 20 min, too.


8 Ratings

Dec 17, 2013

Great recipe, instead of using vanilla cream sherry I used Riesling that I had in the fridge and I also added some vanilla flavoring! They turned out great!!!

Dec 23, 2014

I tweaked this (as always)...made it gluten free & used dried fruits instead of candied ( no corn syrup) plus used 1/2 goat butter & 1/2 coconut oil & added vanilla. Soaked some currants (instead of raisins) in bourbon and threw the rest of the little bottle (airplane size) into the mix. My nut mix was peacsn, black walnuts, cashews & macadamias. And, yes, yummmm....grandma would be smilin'!

Dec 14, 2014

I have looked all over for this recipe, my Mother made them. She would freeze part of the dough in log shaped rolls and get them out and slice them, so we had them year round. I am so happy to have found this, it brings back precious memories Thank You

Jun 24, 2015

I love these, I made a recipe similar to this one years ago and was upset when I misplaced it. So glad I found this one. The dough stays nice in the fridge and freezer if you ever just want to do a few at a time.

Jan 18, 2015

These cookies were so good I could hardly stop eating them! I will make these again and again!


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  • Calories
  • 100 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 21 mg
  • < 1%

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

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