Aunt Bert's Fruitcake Cookies


Uncle Lucky and Aunt Bert's fruitcake cookies are a Virginian Christmas tradition. The cookies will soften and the flavour will mature when stored. The longer the cookies sit, the more the flavour will develop. They also freeze well.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
140 cookies


  • 1 pound white raisins

  • 1 pound red and green candied cherries, chopped

  • 1 pound dates, pitted and chopped

  • 6 slices candied pineapple, chopped

  • 1 cup bourbon whiskey, divided, or as needed

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 28 ounces pecans, chopped

  • 3 cups self-rising flour


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Place raisins, candied cherries, dates, and candied pineapple in a bowl; stir in 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey; set aside to soak.

  3. Beat butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat one egg at a time into the butter mixture; beat in vanilla extract and cinnamon with last egg.

  4. Stir pecans and fruit mixture into butter mixture; stir in self-rising flour alternately with remaining bourbon whiskey as needed to form a soft dough. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven just until cookies begin to look dry, about 30 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack; store in a sealed container lined with waxed paper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
11g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 70
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 155mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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