Fruit Cake Cookies

Here we are at the end of our month-long cookie party and we are going out with a bang- Fruit Cake Cookies! I truly hope you will try this recipe or at least bookmark it for next year if you are already up to your eyeballs in sugar and wrapping paper. Let’s get to right to it- please welcome Brandy!

Fruitcake Cookies from Nutmeg Nanny at @katrinaskitchen

Hi everyone! I’m Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny and I’m super-excited to be sharing this tasty little recipe.  When Katrina asked me to participate in “Ill Bring the Cookies” I was more than happy to say “yes!”

Fruitcake Cookies from Nutmeg Nanny at @katrinaskitchen

I was having a hard time coming up with what cookie I wanted to share but finally narrowed it down to this little gem. Now, I know that it has fruit cake in the title. Please don’t hate it immediately. It’s truly awesome.

Fruitcake Cookies from Nutmeg Nanny at @katrinaskitchen

Fruit Cake Cookies Recipe

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Yield: 60 cookies

Spicy fruitcake cookies dunked in a Rum and Clover glaze

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots - chopped
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger - chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of one orange (I used two clementines)
  • 1 cup spiced rum (I actually used 151...I like the hard stuff)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 3/4 cup flour (add more if the batter does not look thick enough)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Brandy liquor for spritzing

For the Rum & Clove Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons spiced rum
  • Couple dashes of ground cloves (more or less depending on your love of cloves)

Directions:

  1. Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. Add rum and sit overnight (it smells amazing the next morning!)
  2. Place fruit and liquid in a large pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Combines dry ingredients and sift into cooled fruit mixture. Quickly stir in flour to create the cookies batter. Next stir in eggs, one at a time until fully combined. Then fold in nuts.
  5. Using a large 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop onto parchment lined cookies sheet. Leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 15 minutes until baked through. They will be a very cakey looking cookie.
  6. Let cookies cool completely and either dip or drizzle with rum and clove icing.

Source: Adapted from Alton Brown

Wow! Thank you to Brandy for bringing the cookies. They are a work of art! Fruit cake never looked so good! It does not surprise me that Brandy brought a alcohol-soaked cookie; she is currently in the middle of a blog series called The 12 Boozy Days of Christmas. I know from personal experience what an amazing cook she is. I was so hyped up about her Carrot Cake Jam that she actually sent me some to sample (insanely good) just to shut me up. And she also sent along some Vanilla Honey Peach Butter. You see? Whining sometimes does pay off! 😉

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