Aunt Bert's Fruitcake Cookies

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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.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
70
Yield:
140 cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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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