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:
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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
Festive Easy Fudge
Gluten-Free Fruitcake Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies
Sweet Ecstasy Cookies
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Now, on to that Fruitcake Cookies recipe!