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Chewy Fruitcake Cookies

Part fruitcake and part cookie – This chewy fruitcake cookie is for all of the fruitcake fans out there.

If ever there were a time to embrace fruitcake, it would surely have to be in a chewy, cookie form.

If you are using a mix in ingredient like chocolate chips, or in this case, candied fruit, it is a good to reserve just a bit of that topping and sprinkle it on the top of the unbaked cookie just before baking. That way you get a very pretty little cookie and the toppings aren’t completely hidden.

Chewy Fruitcake Cookies
Chewy Fruitcake Cookies

Chewy Fruitcake Cookies

Part fruitcake and part cookie – This chewy fruitcake cookie is for all of the fruitcake fans out there.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 118 kcal


  • Small Cookie Scoop (1 Tbsp.)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper Sheets


  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit You can use whatever dried fruits you like. Fruitcake mixes are sold during the holidays if you prefer.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional


  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray one cookie sheet with spray oil or line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sweetened butter. Mix only enough to incorporate flour. Do not over mix. Fold in the dried fruit
  • Form cookies by dropping a heaping teaspoon of dough on the prepared cookie sheet two inches apart.
  • Bake until light brown around the edges, about 12-15 minutes, depending on cookie size. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.


Note: the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are optional. Traditional light fruitcake does not include spices but you may add them if you wish; the cookies are delicious either way.


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe slightly adapted from Rock Recipes.

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