Christmas Fruit Cookies

Christmas Fruit Cookies Recipe

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Laurie Colvin


My best friend gave me this recipe over 30 years ago. I made them for my mom and they were her favorite cookies. I made them for her several times a year. This is a very labor intensive recipe but very worth it. They are better than fruit cake!!


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10 Min


  • 2 lb
    dates, chopped
  • 1/2 lb
    candied cherries, quartered (i like to use both the green and the red ones)
  • 1/2 lb
    candied pineapple (chopped small)
  • 12/ lb
    chopped nuts, i prefer walnuts
  • 1/2 lb
    almonds, chopped (i omit these because of cost)
  • 1 c
    raisins (optional)
  • 1 c
    shredded coconut (optional)
  • 2 & 1/2 c
  • 1 & 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 large
  • 1 c
    butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Christmas Fruit Cookies


  1. In a very large mixing bowl (I use a round, metal dishpan) combine and set aside all fruits, nuts, raisins and coconut.
  2. Cream together; sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter (margarine). Sift in remaining dry ingredients.
  3. Mix with fruit/nut mixture. There is less dough than fruit/nuts so you really have to mix it well.
  4. I use a small ice cream scoop to drop dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. They should come out light golden brown. These are a soft, chewy cookie.
  5. This recipe makes about 150-170 cookies. Since this is such a labor intensive recipe I like to make a double batch and then portion out the dough in logs, wrap and freeze. When it comes time to bake I just take out as many logs as I want, slice about 1/2" think and bake.

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