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Fruitcake Cookies

Large Family Fruitcake Cookies | Holiday Treats for a Big Family

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 dozen
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven


If you are a fruitcake fan, these Large Family Fruitcake Cookies will satisfy your craving for a slice of the popular seasonal treat. Prepare these crisp, slightly sweet, and delicious cookies at home with your favorite candied fruit.



  • 1 pound candied cherries, quartered  (red and green)
  • 1 pound candied pineapple, cut into small pieces
  • 8 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cup flour, divided
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup imitation vanilla 




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Using a very large mixing bowl coat the fruits and pecans with ½ cup flour.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. 

  4. To the butter, add the eggs, flour, and imitation vanilla. Mix until well blended.

  5. Pour the batter over the fruit/pecans mixture and mix together until all fruits and pecans are well coated with batter.

  6. Portion the batter using a small cookie scoop or drop the dough onto the cookie sheet using two teaspoons.  

  7. Bake for 15 minutes.  


Note: It is best to make very small, bite-size cookies.  This will give each cookie a crunchy texture.


Keywords: Fruitcake Cookies