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A plate of fruitcake cookies - darkish brown cookies with nuts and chunks of red and green glaceed cherries throughout.
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Fruitcake Cookies

These Fruitcake Cookies are laced with Jack Daniel's, and were wildly popular back in my custom baking days. They are a great addition to any holiday cookie platter!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time2 d
Total Time2 d 35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Marie Porter


2 Baking Sheets
Parchment Paper


  • 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 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. 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!


*Prepared mix, or just 1 ½ lbs total of whatever types of candied fruits that you like!


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg