Entries in Favorite holiday cookie recipes (2)


Holiday Traditions: Mom's (Addictive) Fruit Cake Cookie Recipe

One of my favorite holiday traditions with my mom was starting our holiday baking the day after Thanksgiving. We always made spiced fruit cake cookies but we'd have to buy the ingredients over a few weeks so we could afford them. I remember the anticipation of watching the shelf fill up with the candied fruit: pineapple, cherries (yes, even the green ones) and how excited I was when we finally got the last ingredient. I still love those cookies... and they hold so many memories for me. 

I know. You hate fruitcake. I'm pretty sure I don't like most of them but I promise you these gorgeous little fruitcake gems are so addictive and delicious, you will not want to wait a whole year to make them again. These are the same mugs we used for Christmas Eve cocoa way back then!


Makes about 6 dozen depending on how large you make them.


1 pound candied red cherries

1 pound candied pineapple

1 pound candied green cherries

6 cups pecans, roughly chopped

1 pound dates, chopped

2 tablespoons dark rum

3 cups plus 1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup Crisco shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

slight pinch kosher salt

3 teaspoons baking soda

3 tablespoons milk

4 eggs (room temperature)

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 teaspoon nutmeg


The day before: chop the dates into small pieces and put them in a glass bowl. Add rum. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit overnight to absorb the rum. You can leave this step out if you want but I find it makes the dates more delicious and the cookies have more flavor.  

Preheat oven to 375. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Get out 2-3 cooling racks.

Dice the candied fruit into small pieces and place in a very large bowl; I use the top of my cake carrier. Roughly chop the pecans and add to the fruit. Add the dates. Add one cup of the flour. Toss well to coat all of the pieces and break them up so they are not sticking together.

Next, whisk the baking soda into the milk and let it dissolve.

Mix the Crisco into the fruit. Add the remaining ingredients: sugar, remaining flour, salt, nutmeg, eggs, orange juice and milk with baking soda into the mixture.  Mix together with your hands but just until you no longer see the flour. Try not to over mix. The batter will be very dense. Use a small ice cream scoop or two teaspoons to drop the cookies onto the prepared pans, about 1 inch apart. 

Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the wire cooling racks.

The batter is very dense.

My mom's original recipe for her Christmas CookiesFollow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest for more recipes and fun!


Holiday Cookie Recipes: Kelly's Favorite English Toffee Cookies

I soooo love it when my friends and our readers send me their favorite recipes--- because I know they're going to be really, really good! I get all of the benefit of a great new recipe without all of the work perfecting it. Kelly, my website designer, longtime co-worker, friend, and the busy mother of two beautiful boys, sent me her favorite holiday cookie recipe--- and I just popped my first batch in the oven. Try these for your Christmas Eve party or take a batch to the office. They smell delicious! Can't wait to give them a try!Thanks Kelly!

Kelly's English Toffee Cookies

1 Cup Butter (unsalted) room temperature

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg Yolk

2 Cups Flour (all-purpose)

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Large Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (broken into small pieces) for the top

1 Cup Chopped Nuts OR 1/2 Cup Crushed Candy Canes

Kelly's adorable boys, Camden & TuckerDIRECTIONS: Combine butter, brown, sugar, egg yolk, flour, and vanilla in a bowl. Pat into a greased 15x10 jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove and add the chocolate pieces over the top. Return to the oven for a few minutes until chocolate softens. Remove and spread the chocolate over the top. Add chopped nuts or the crushed candy cane for garnish. Place in the refrigerator for an hour. Cut into 1.5 inch squares.


                                      HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Need more recipes? Here are some good, tried and true recipes for your holiday get-togethers!


Hot Apple Pie Toddy                    Hot Buttered Rum  

Oatmeal Cookie Martini               Pralines & Cream Martini 


Endive Leaves with Herbed Goat Cheese

Tipsy Tomatoes, Mini BLT's, and Caprese Kabobs

Pickled Citrus Shrimp

Butternut Squash Soup

Apple Tart with Pomegranate Carmel Sauce