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.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

107 calories; 5.4 g total fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 14 mg sodium. 14.3 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2004
I read all the reviews and tried to address people's issues and got a 5-star cookie out of it. I used precut Date Nuggets and countered their dryness by using a few more tablespoons of rum. The apricots weren't bad to cut up. Then in the AM I put half the mixture at a time in a food processor and pulsed it a few times so the fruit was more evenly sized and ultimately easier to slice cleanly into rounds. I also baked them a bit longer. The end result was a huge hit...not sweet and a good addition to a cookie plate Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/01/2003
I must have done something wrong because the dough was very crumbly and the cookies were not sweet enough. I used apricots dates and rum instead of figs cheeries and sherry. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2004
I read all the reviews and tried to address people's issues and got a 5-star cookie out of it. I used precut Date Nuggets and countered their dryness by using a few more tablespoons of rum. The apricots weren't bad to cut up. Then in the AM I put half the mixture at a time in a food processor and pulsed it a few times so the fruit was more evenly sized and ultimately easier to slice cleanly into rounds. I also baked them a bit longer. The end result was a huge hit...not sweet and a good addition to a cookie plate Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2004
I read all the reviews and tried to address people's issues and got a 5-star cookie out of it. I used precut Date Nuggets and countered their dryness by using a few more tablespoons of rum. The apricots weren't bad to cut up. Then in the AM I put half the mixture at a time in a food processor and pulsed it a few times so the fruit was more evenly sized and ultimately easier to slice cleanly into rounds. I also baked them a bit longer. The end result was a huge hit...not sweet and a good addition to a cookie plate Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
I am not big on fruitcake but these cookies were VERY good. When I sent cookies home w/ guests they always asked if I would put alot of the fruitcake ones in. They really were quite easy to make & it does make ALOT of them. Now I will make these every year! Thanks Traci Z. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2002
These cookies have a very flavour. The problem was that no matter what knife I used they would not cut nicely. They kept braking apart.I tried chilling them more and less and it didn't make a difference. Next time I would not bother to roll them but form into cookies. I also used dates instead of figs and added a few chopped apricots. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2002
While this cookie is extremely tasty it takes a whole lot of effort and time. It's difficult to chop some of the fruits because they're so sticky. Still if you want to impress somebody with a good holiday cookie and you have time this is a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2004
Because we can't eat figs I replaced them with a fruitcake mix. The cookies were delicous..but they didn't last long so had to make them more often. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2002
I must have done something wrong because the dough was very crumbly and the cookies were not sweet enough. I used apricots dates and rum instead of figs cheeries and sherry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2010
Delectable and diffrent Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2006
These are better once they sit. Dough is somewhat crumbly - mostly you'll need a very sharp knife to cut through figs/nuts etc. and get nice rounds. If you don't have one perhaps chill in fridge for a while and then just dollop onto sheets with a spoon. Also to state the obvious if you don't like figs don't make this. But you may like them even if you don't like FRUITCAKE. Good but not good enough to stay on our Christmas cookie list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2010
These were a huge hit! They are very good! Read More
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