Better Than Fruitcake Cookies


This recipe makes over 12 dozen small cookies... a great substitution for holiday fruitcake . You can substitute rum-soaked dried apricots and dates instead of glacee'd cherries and figs for an equally tasty cookie.

12 dozen


  • 3 cups chopped dried figs

  • cup raisins

  • cup candied cherries, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 ½ cups chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup super fine sugar

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine fruits, honey, sherry, lemon juice, salt and walnuts. Cover and marinate overnight.

  2. Cream together with butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix well. Combine the flour, salt and cloves; gradually blend into the butter mixture. Blend in the fruit and nut mixture

  3. Lightly flour work surface and divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll into logs and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place dough in freezer for at least an hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut logs into thin rounds and place on cookie sheet spaced at least 1 inch apart.

  5. Bake 10 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

107 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* 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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