This is a very good fruitcake and pretty easy too! The whole wheat flour gives it a nice flavor. This recipe can be baked in a loaf pan as a fruitcake or as drop cookies.

Tuula
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 5x9 inch loaf pan.

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  • In a saucepan over medium heat, cook together the sugar, water, raisins, butter and salt. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Sift together the flour, soda, ginger and cinnamon. Stir into the cooled cooked mixture.

  • Add the chopped dates, mixed peels, nuts and dried fruit.

  • Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or drop by the teaspoon on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

183.6 calories; 2.5 g protein; 37.8 g carbohydrates; 3.4 mg cholesterol; 132.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2004
I did like this as a cookie. I only used raisins sliced almonds and diced dried apricots for the fillers. It is a sweet chewy cookie that I'm sure is very low fat since it does'nt have any eggs or oil. Be sure to grease your cookie sheet and I suggest rolling the dough with lightly buttered hands to form balls rather than just spooning them onto the cookie sheet. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2012
I could not find my own recipe for fruitcake cookies so this recipe was my choice. I should have gone with my gut and realized that with only two tablespoons of butter these cookies would stick. I could not get the first cookies off the sheet at all. Stuck to the sheet like glue. This was a nice quality airbake sheet that I have baked hundreds of cookies on! For the next batch decided to spray the sheet with non-stick spray. Most cookie recipes do not require this step. It helped but they still stuck and many were torn apart as they were removed. They tasted just ok. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2004
I did like this as a cookie. I only used raisins sliced almonds and diced dried apricots for the fillers. It is a sweet chewy cookie that I'm sure is very low fat since it does'nt have any eggs or oil. Be sure to grease your cookie sheet and I suggest rolling the dough with lightly buttered hands to form balls rather than just spooning them onto the cookie sheet. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2004
I did like this as a cookie. I only used raisins sliced almonds and diced dried apricots for the fillers. It is a sweet chewy cookie that I'm sure is very low fat since it does'nt have any eggs or oil. Be sure to grease your cookie sheet and I suggest rolling the dough with lightly buttered hands to form balls rather than just spooning them onto the cookie sheet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2004
This was truly a crowd pleaser. I made mini fruitcakes using three mini loaf pans and baked for 40 minutes. Great gift idea also wrapped in holiday plastic saran wrap and tied with ribbon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2008
Finally a low fat cookie that actually tastes good! I made about 30 medium sized cookies and added some wheat germ when I ran out of whole wheat flour. I also reduced the sugar to 2/3 cup and the sweetness was perfect. Just make sure to watch carefully as they cook because even if they don't look done on top they may be burning on the bottom! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2008
Made these into 10 mini loaves. Also made some changes: used about 2 tbsp. each of honey and molasses in place of sugar added about 1/4 cup canned pumpkin; added nutmeg and cloves; used raisins prunes dried apple dried pear dried apricots cranberries walnuts and almonds as filler; added some wheat germ; sprinkled with sifted powdered sugar. The first day they tasted just OK but I put them in the fridge and the next few days they tasted better and better. Very dense and chewy. Next time I might try added a bit of almond liquor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2008
This recipe makes delicious cookies. I also added 1/4 t. cloves and 1/4 t. nutmeg to add a little additional spiceness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2008
these cookies truly are delicious! and nutritious I'm sure. I used honey as a substitute for sugar. Also I added 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries because I didn't have dates and that made the cookie very juicy fragrant and irresistible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
This has to be the easiest cookie recipe I have tried. I adore fruit cake but dont want to wait to eat it so this is a perfect recipe for me. I followed it exactly. The dried fruit mix had the peel included so I used 1 cup of mix and did not add the 1/2 cup peel called for and my chopped nuts were pecans. Even cook time was right on. Thanks Tuula Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
they are more like little cakes than cookies! very soft and chewy and very very moist and full of taste! I put dry sweet fruit mix like coconut mango papaya banana pineapple and so on and they comes a little to much sweet so next time I will reduce sugare depending on the fruit mix I put into..When cooled they have a wonderful crunchy surface but soft and chew inside. Time and temperature are perfect. Not for breakfast better for tea o coffee time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
These were so good!! I made them as a cookie. I didn't have much dried fruit on hand but used raisins a dried strawberry fruit bar and some cut-up marshmallow. I also added a half cup of oats for more filler. I realized I was out of ginger but added the nutmeg/cloves like the other reviewer suggested. These almost had a molasses taste to them. I will make again. Wonder if there is a way to cut down on the sugar though without sacrificing too much flavor. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2012
I could not find my own recipe for fruitcake cookies so this recipe was my choice. I should have gone with my gut and realized that with only two tablespoons of butter these cookies would stick. I could not get the first cookies off the sheet at all. Stuck to the sheet like glue. This was a nice quality airbake sheet that I have baked hundreds of cookies on! For the next batch decided to spray the sheet with non-stick spray. Most cookie recipes do not require this step. It helped but they still stuck and many were torn apart as they were removed. They tasted just ok. Read More
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