Easy Holiday Fruitcake Cookies Recipe May Make You a Fruitcake Convert by 30Seconds Food

Easy Holiday Fruitcake Cookies Recipe May Make You a Fruitcake Convert

Think you're not a fan of fruitcake? We suggest skipping the cake and trying fruitcake in cookie form instead. In fact, we think you may be a fruitcake convert after trying this easy fruitcake cookie recipe.

These easy holiday fruitcake cookies come together with just 10 minutes of prep time and less than 20 minutes of baking time. So you'll be enjoying these fruity cookies for dessert in just about a half hour!

These easy, delicious fruitcake cookies make a fun holiday gift. Who knows, you may turn your friends and family into fruitcake converts, too!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pound mixed candied fruit for fruitcake
  • 4 cups chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or pistachios
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Put the sugar and butter into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla to the mixing bowl. Beat well.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients to form dough.
  4. Stir in the candied fruit, raisins, nuts and cherries.
  5. Drop dough by spoon full onto baking sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. 
  6. Bake in a preheated 300-degree F oven for about 18 minutes, or until light brown. 

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Golden Raisins $6 & Up
Chopped Nuts $6 & Up
Almonds $3 & Up
Pecans $4 & Up
Walnuts $4 & Up
Pistachios $6 & Up
Vanilla $4 & Up
Sugar $3 & Up
Baking Soda $1 & Up
Flour $3 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Interesting spin on holiday fruitcake!
Julie Rose
My parents would love these, hmm.
Donna John
My aunt made fruitcake cookies. They are really good!!
Martha Hulse
The recipe doesn’t state when to add the sugar. Following the recipe step by step, I didn’t add the sugar. The cookies are dry and not giftable. While it’s partially my fault, I can’t say that I’m not a little annoyed.
Donna John
Hi, Martha. The sugar is creamed together with the butter in the first step. I am sorry the cookies did not turn out for you. But yes, without the 1 1/2 cups sugar they would be off. We will definitely get this one back into our test kitchens for another try though.
Martha Hulse
Thanks! May try them again. Mine also didn’t flatten out like the photo. They’re more like clusters.

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