Holiday Fruitcake Cookies

Who loves Fruitcake? This holiday cookie recipe offers all the wonderful elements of a fruitcake without the heavy texture. Fruitcake Cookies are my new favorite cookie this year.

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I’ve been working on many new holiday cookie recipes, but this one is the supreme winner, in my opinion.


I love everything in traditional fruitcake, but not the cake itself.

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Rum, zippy winter spices, citrus zest, cherries and other fruit, nuts… I adore all those flavors.

Yet I can’t get over the density of a classic fruitcake, and those horrible green cherries.

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So I took all the elements in a fruitcake and made light and bright Fruitcake Cookies.

Smart, right? I’m feeling pretty smart today.

It’s a unique holiday cookie recipe that tastes like heaven.

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Fruitcake cookies are this week’s McCormick Seasonal Seven holiday cookie recipe featuring: Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and Ginger, and Allspice.

Flavors that I believe resonate in our minds as holiday favorites.

The spices definitely give the dough that little extra something, every cookie needs.

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As with all roll-out holiday cookie recipes, make sure to chill the dough before rolling and cutting into rings.

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Then bake, cool and glaze.

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While the glaze is still wet, press small chunks of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds on the top of the Fruitcake Cookies.


Fruitcake Cookies

Yield: 60-70 cookies

Prep Time:1 hour

Cook Time:8 minutes

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A holiday cookie recipe loaded with all the flavors of a fruitcake.


For the Fruit Cake Cookies:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick ground allspice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 large egg + 1 yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For the Rum Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spiced rum
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Top:

  • 1 3/4 cup mixed dried fruit, cut into small 1/4 inch pieces
    1 1/4 cups chopped nuts/seeds (I used pecans and pumpkin seeds.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy–3-5 minutes. Add the vanilla, spices, orange zest and egg + extra yolk, beat together. Slowly add the flour until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  3. Dump the dough onto plastic wrap and wrap the dough well. Refrigerate for at least an hour before rolling out. Once the dough had chilled, flour a clean work surface, and break off a quarter of the dough, leaving the rest in the fridge. Roll the dough out evenly until 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Using a 2 – 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies . Use a small 1/2 – 3/4 inch cutter, or small bottle cap to cut out the centers. Collect the leftover dough re-roll and cut. Place on prepared cookie sheets, and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes, then allow them to cool on the cookies sheets another 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Cool completely before glazing.
  6. For the Rum Glaze: Whisk the powdered sugar, rum and cream together until smooth. Dip the tops of the cookies in glaze (or spread with a small spatula) and place back on the cooling rack.
  7. Mix the dried fruit and nuts together and press a small amount of the top of each cookie.
  8. Allow the glaze to dry thoroughly before moving.
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46 comments on “Holiday Fruitcake Cookies

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  3. MaryAnne (Gastronotherapy)posted December 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm Reply

    These sound super delicious, and they are beautiful as well!

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  6. Sue/the view from great islandposted December 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I hadn’t seen your delicious cookies till today on Huffpost, but I did the same wthing with bark!

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  9. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm Reply


  10. Wizzyposted December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Oh these are awesome. Okay so that ring cookie cutter just went on my wish list so that I can make these.

    • Sommerposted December 6, 2012 at 7:09 am Reply

      Haha, I hope you get it in your stocking. :)

  11. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted December 5, 2012 at 1:24 am Reply

    Adorable cookies! They look like little holiday wreaths! I love that you use quality dried fruit for the fruit cake part versus the mystery fruit…smart move on your end! These are so colorful and look like they’re lots of fun to bake!

  12. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted December 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm Reply

    so fun and festive!

  13. Joyposted December 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply

    The cookies are so pretty.

  14. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

    These are just sooooooo pretty! I’m not a fruitcake fan, but these are very enticing to me. Beautiful!

  15. [email protected]posted December 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm Reply

    This is such a great idea! They are beautiful!

  16. Aggieposted December 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Not only do these look totally pretty and festive but I bet they taste wonderful! Love them Sommer!

  17. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

    Love this idea, Sommer!

  18. Angieposted December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

    I LOVE these!!!!!

  19. Julie Wunderposted December 4, 2012 at 5:51 am Reply

    I was lucky enough to end up with some of these from Sommer– They are awesome everyone! They are perfect with a cup of hot tea :-) ENJOY!

  20. Carolynposted December 4, 2012 at 5:01 am Reply

    That is such a great idea, Sommer. I actually do like the cake part of fruit cake, but I still love this idea!

  21. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 4, 2012 at 12:47 am Reply

    Beautiful cookies, I’m loving that rum glaze!

  22. Morgan (Peaches, Please!)posted December 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm Reply

    You sent these to me as part of the food blogger cookie swap and they were my favorite out of the bunch. I’m SO HAPPY you posted the recipe!

  23. Diane (createdbydiane)posted December 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply

    so adorable and you beat me to it, I have fruitcake cookies on my list to make this week :) LOVE how pretty yours are!

  24. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted December 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm Reply

    I always gave fruit cake the cold shoulder at holiday parties, but these cookies?! I’d dive right into a plate of these.

  25. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted December 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm Reply

    I’m a tough sell on fruit cake but these cookies are a for sure winner!

  26. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted December 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm Reply

    I’ve always wondered if real people actually like fruitcake. It seems like nobody really does, so I wonder why it sticks around as well as it does this time of year. I’m not really a fan, but I’d be all over this cookie version.

  27. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted December 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply

    What a fabulous idea! I just love it and they are so cute!!

  28. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted December 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I have to say I was skeptical with fruitcake in the title, but these look delicious!

  29. Hollyposted December 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply

    My mother-in-law sent fruit cake to my husband from their home in England. He loves it. I am not thrilled with the idea of the cake itself but could eat a dozen of your cookies! Love how they look like little wreaths. What a nice idea!

  30. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted December 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Reply

    These are so cute!!!!

  31. Heleneposted December 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I can’t never get enough of fruitcake during the Holidays but never had fruitcake cookies. Yum!

  32. [email protected]!posted December 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm Reply

    What a cute idea, Sommer.

  33. Jeanetteposted December 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

    What a clever idea Sommer! I love all the fruitcake toppings – I’m with you, I don’t like fruitcake, but give me the nuts and fruit!

  34. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm Reply

    No THIS is how I want to eat fruitcake every year. Looks amazing!!

  35. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted December 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds those green cherries frightening! Lol. These cookies are a fruit-cake I can get behind!

  36. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted December 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I don’t love fruit cake, but these cookies are a whole other story. Gimme!

  37. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted December 3, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply

    Very cute! They are like flat little bundt cakes

  38. Brooks│Cakewalkerposted December 3, 2012 at 9:37 am Reply

    Sommer, these cookies are brilliant… I say this because I’m usually on the fence about fruit cake, but this unique recipe in a cookie version might permanently tip me over to the favorable side. Love the cookie cutter choice too. Season’s greetings from NorCal!

  39. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted December 3, 2012 at 8:51 am Reply

    I love these! YES – the dry texture, and the candied fruits. Those candied fruits in a tub are an abomination! These, on the other hand, just look absolutely fantastic and festive. Love that they’re in ring shapes. So clever.

  40. Amber | Bluebonnets & Browniesposted December 3, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

    Such a smart idea, Sommer! My husband is one of those weird guys that ADORES fruit cake. He’ll eat it all year long if he can find it/force me to make it. With these cookies, I think we’d both end up happy.

    • Sommerposted December 3, 2012 at 8:56 am Reply

      Amber that IS rare! I’d love to hear what he thinks about these. :)

  41. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 3, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

    I love how festive these cookies are! They look great!

  42. bridget {bake at 350}posted December 3, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    So funny….I must have been reading your blog at the same time you were reading mine! I love that!

    These cookies are SUCH a great idea! Love them!

  43. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 3, 2012 at 7:58 am Reply

    I feel the same way about fruitcake! These look much, much better. :)

  44. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 3, 2012 at 7:00 am Reply

    love these Sommer! What a great holiday gift