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Need recipe for Fruitcake Drop Cookies

jeanneb Dec 14, 2006 05:29 PM

The recipe I used for years is lost in storage, but it originaly came from Womans Day magazine. It was one of those pull-out booklets sometime in the 70's or 80's. It had candied fruit & raisens, which you soaked in brandy overnight, then mixed with dry ingredients and nuts. They were very good and lasted a long time--although not as long as fruitcake is rumored to last! So here I sit with my candied fruit and bottle of Brandy---

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  1. Katie Nell RE: jeanneb Dec 14, 2006 05:46 PM

    Here's a recipe from Ina, though they're sliced: http://www.bordersmedia.com/recipefil... I haven't tried them but they look good! I'm thinking about trying the mini fruitcake recipe in Rose's Christmas Cookies.

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      jeanneb RE: jeanneb Dec 15, 2006 03:46 PM

      Thanks, its not the one but I might use it if I can't find the other one. Happy Holidays.

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        MikeG RE: jeanneb Dec 15, 2006 04:27 PM

        It's a long, winding thread, but someone mentioned it here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/335732 . As far as I can tell, the recipe never got posted though.

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          mellie RE: jeanneb Dec 16, 2006 11:01 PM

          Did you try searching brandy or brandied fruit cookies? I came across a couple while googling but none that referenced Woman's Day magazine. Also seen a few jewel cookie recipes which feature fruits and nuts. Hope this helps!
          By the way, if you find the recipe, could you please post it, I'd love to try it too. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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            JennyHunter RE: jeanneb Dec 16, 2006 11:35 PM

            Did you find the recipe? These sound exactly like the fruit cake cookies my mom makes every year. They are delicious. Everyone always turns up their nose at first b/c they are fruitcake - but then falls in love with them. If you don't have, I will get it from her. Just let me know.

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              jeanneb RE: jeanneb Dec 17, 2006 04:54 AM

              Still looking--my eyes are crossing from reading so many recipes for Fruitcake cookies! Found a ton of them BUT the one I am looking for does not have-chocolate-honey-buttermilk-milk-molasses-powdered sugar-oats-jelly or coconut. The fruit and raisens are mixed with the brandy(1/4 to 1/2 cup)and put in frig overnight. I did find one from Woman's Day Gifts from the Kitchen but it was a bar cookie. Thanks for all the help, I'm still looking----might have to drink the Brandy!

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                coll RE: jeanneb Dec 17, 2006 10:13 AM

                Ok I didn't reply before because this isn't from Womens Day, I found it on the internet a week or so ago. It sounds like what you're looking for, calls for rum but I had already thought I would use brandy next time myself.

                2 1/2 cups chopped dates
                1/2 cup rum (or brandy!)
                2 cups candied fruit (could add raisins here too)
                2 cups toasted nuts, chopped (I used pecans and almonds)
                1/4 cup AP flour
                1/2 cup butter, room temp
                3/4 cup brown sugar
                1 beaten egg
                1 cup cake flour
                1/2 tsp baking soda
                1/2 tsp baking powder
                1/4 tsp salt
                1/2 tsp cinnamon
                1/2 tsp mace
                grated zest or one orange (I used orange extract)
                grated zest of one lemon
                1 tsp vanilla
                1/4 tsp almond extract

                Soak dates in rum or an hour or two (obviously overnight wouldn't hurt).
                Preheat oven to 350
                Mix other fruits and nuts with the 1/4 cup AP flour
                In mixer, cream butter and sugar, then add egg.
                Add cake flour, soda, powder, salt, cinnamon,mace. Mix. Add dates, orange and lemon, vanilla and almond ext. Mix. Add fruit and nut mix, mix.
                Drop teaspoons on an ungreased sheet and bake 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack overnight.

                I haven't gotten any feedback yet, but they came out nicely. They are very loose looking, not at all like the picture of the other ones posted at top.

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                Ladybeth414 RE: jeanneb Dec 22, 2006 10:06 PM

                It sounds like the recipe I have.

                2 cups candied fruit
                1 cup chopped red and green cherries
                2 cups raisins
                2 cups golden raisins.
                1 cup brandy
                1 cup orange juice

                1 1/3 cup Flour
                1 tsp Cinnamon
                2/3 cups Walnuts or pecans (optional)
                1/2 tsp Allspice
                1/2 tsp Salt
                1/2 tsp Baking Powder
                4 tbsp Butter
                3/4 cup Brown sugar
                1 tsp Ginger
                1/4 tsp cloves
                4 egg whites
                4 tbsp corn syrup

                Combine fruit, cherries, raisins,orange juice,brandy, and nuts(optional). Cover and let soak overnight,stirring occassionally.

                In a large bowl, combine flour,cinnamon,ginger,allspice, baking powder,salt and cloves. Set aside.

                In another large bowl, combine butter and sugar and blend.
                Add egg whites, and syrup. Blend well. Stir everything together, including fruit and refrigerate for 2 hours.

                Spray a cookie sheet, or use parchment paper. Drop onto a cookie sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. cannot read how many it makes. My recipe is faded. I found this on the internet a few years ago. Hope this is the one you want. Betsy

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                  jeanneb RE: jeanneb Dec 24, 2006 04:34 PM

                  This is the closest recipe I have seen so I think this will be the one I try. Thanks very much, I was begining to fear that I would have to drink the darn Brandy! (not my favorite for sure) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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