Holiday Baking: Fruitcake Cookies


It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, winter holidays are on everyone’s minds and time for the 2nd annual #HousefulofCookies blog hop. Led by Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes, 24 other bloggers and I will bring you 25 Days of Cookies.


This year, I decided to go with Fruitcake Cookies. I know, I know. The word fruitcake conjures up images of bricks of uneaten cake that could be used as a doorstop. But stick with me here.


In my family, fruitcake is a holiday tradition. Freshly baked, fluffy cake made in a tube pan based on my grandmother’s recipe. Memories, light the corners of my mind. 


Anyway, I thought this year it would be interesting to make fruitcake in cookie form. I found a recipe in Country Living and modified it to be gluten-free and use supplies I had on hand.



Fruitcake Cookies

Adapted from Country Living recipe. Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.


Cookie Dough

  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free flour suitable for cakes, divided (I used King Arthur Flour Measure for Measure Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature ( I used Irish butter)
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped Maraschino and green cherries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped candied pineapple


  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cognac (or brandy as in original recipe)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. Mix together 1 ¼ cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Toss pecans and pistachios with remaining ½ cup flour in a separate bowl.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg, beating until incorporated. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, beating just until incorporated, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in nuts and flour mix, cherries, and pineapple until evenly incorporated. Using a ½ tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop dough and place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.*note: I noticed that the cookie dough doesn’t spread much while baking so I pressed the cookies down lightly into shape.* Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown, about 14 minutes. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to the racks to cool completely.
  3. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, Cognac, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon milk (add more if glaze is too thick). Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let sit, at room temperature, until glaze is set.

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