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.


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Fruitcake Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
A holiday cookie recipe loaded with all the flavors of a fruitcake.
Servings: 70 cookies


For the Fruit Cake Cookies:

  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using a 2 to 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Use a small 1/2- to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mix the dried fruit and nuts together and press a small amount of the top of each cookie.
  • Allow the glaze to dry thoroughly before moving.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 78kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 22mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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