Originally published November 4, 2011, Updated on 10/9/20
I’ve been a bit conflicted over posting this recipe, much like I was for posting the Pecan Pie Cookies recipe.
Once again, this is a recipe that I’ve had - and used - for years. Today, I have NO idea where it came from, either from when I got it, or originally. I’m guessing I got this from a fellow caker (with permission to use it for my business!)... but who? Did they create it? Did they get it from someone else? I have no idea. 🙁
I don’t like how food celebrities tend to just comb the web, looking for recipes to swipe and claim as their own, so I feel a bit icky when considering doing (somewhat) the same. Does honesty about it mitigate the “gross” factor at all?
Thing is, these cookies were SUPER popular, back when I was selling holiday cookie trays. While fruit cake has a bad reputation on its own, these were loved by so many people - including those that hated fruitcake with a passion! It’s been a popular request for a blog entry ever since!
Again, hope I’m not losing any baker’s cred by posting this, but I know it’ll make a bunch of people happy. Especially Davonna. (Hi Nani!)
Alcohol Free Fruitcake Cookies
While the Jack Daniels REALLY works in these Fruitcake Cookies, I know that not everyone wants to have alcohol in their cookies. Also - contrary to popular belief - it does NOT cook off while baking, btw.
To make this alcohol-free, swap apple juice, white cranberry juice, or white grape juice for the Whiskey.
If you’d like to speed the process along: Rather than allowing the fruit to soak in the juice overnight, you can simmer it for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool before using.
If you like cooking with alcohol, you should check out my first cookbook, The Spirited Baker. It’s FULL of fun, tasty recipes using spirits and liqueurs for flavour – you should check it out:
Combining liqueurs with more traditional baking ingredients can yield spectacular results.Try Mango Mojito Upside Down Cake, Candy Apple Flan, Jalapeno Beer Peanut Brittle, Lynchburg Lemonade Cupcakes, Pina Colada Rum Cake, Strawberry Daiquiri Chiffon Pie, and so much more.
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More Holiday Treats
Looking for more inspiration for your holiday goodies tray? Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any of the other holidays, here are a few ideas for you!
Blood Orange Cranberry Toffee
Boozy Chocolate Haystack Cookies
Candied Orange Slices
Creme de Menthe Nanaimo Bars
Easy Pistachio Macarons
Festive Easy Fudge
Pecan Pie Cookies
Sweet Ecstasy Cookies
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Now, on to that Fruitcake Cookies recipe!
- 1 lb raisins
- ½ cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ lb. candied fruit*
- 1 lb. pecans chopped
- A day or two before baking the cookies, place raisins in a container, cover with Jack Daniels, and cover.
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or coat well with baking spray.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, continue beating until eggs are fully incorporated and mixture is once again smooth and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and spices. Add most of it (reserve about ½ cup) to the butter & sugar mixture, beat gently until well combined.
- Add candied fruit to the remaining flour mixture, toss well to coat the pieces (to separate them a bit). Add candied fruit, pecans, and soaked raisins to the cookie batter.
- Use a tablespoon, cookie scoop, or small ice cream scoop to drop rounded spoonfuls of the batter onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
- Allow to cool on sheets for 5 minutes or so, before gently transferring to baking racks to finish cooling.
- Once cookies are cool, keep them stored in airtight containers. Much like actual fruitcake, these tend to get even better with age!