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


  • 1In a very large mixing bowl (I use a round, metal dishpan) combine and set aside all fruits, nuts, raisins and coconut.
  • 2Cream together; sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter (margarine). Sift in remaining dry ingredients.
  • 3Mix with fruit/nut mixture. There is less dough than fruit/nuts so you really have to mix it well.
  • 4I 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.
  • 5This 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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