Only a fruitcake would reject these cookies

I know it?s not a popular opinion, and I know my declaration may make you question my taste buds forever, but I feel like it?s time for me to come clean.

I love fruitcake.

A lot.

Of all the people in my life, I think the only other person who shares my love of that sticky, fattening loaf of goodness is my father.

My grandma, knowing our love of fruitcake, often gifts Dad and me with one in our stockings at Christmastime, and it?s one of my favorite treats every year.

Sadly, many people are not on the fruitcake bandwagon, and this week I have a recipe I hope will change some of your minds.

I found the original on a blog called ?Jo and Sue.? You can read it at I changed up several of the ingredients and spices to give this a bit more oomph.


Fruitcake Cookies


1/2 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup candied fruitcake mix


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar together.

Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and buttermilk and mix until all the ingredients are well-combined.

Fold in the pecans and candied fruit.

Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet about one-inch apart.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Store in an airtight container to keep them nice and moist.


My husband (aka: The Grinch of Fruitcake) thought these were actually pretty good, and trust me, that?s a glowing endorsement when it comes to anything with ?fruitcake? in its title.

My dad and I also greatly enjoyed these, which is probably not much of a surprise.

If you?re in the mood for an adventure, give these moist, flavorful cookies a try. They are way, way more delicious than your typical store-bought fruitcake.

And you don?t have to admit it to anyone if you liked them. It can be our little secret.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at

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