Monday, December 12, 2011

The best Fruit Cake Cookies ever!

The Holly and the Ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

 Today is perfect decorating and baking weather, with a gentle rain falling,
and a fire in the fireplace... ahhhh.
In addition to the tree in the living room, this year
I decided to put up a small tree in the front den and
built a little mountain village on top of the bookcase.
What do you think?

The tree is nestled in a turn of the century wooden bucket for a stand, 
and it has several vintage ornaments to add to that old world feel.

I wanted to share our family favorite  Fruit Cake Cookie recipe with all of you. 
These cookies are SO good, and even folks who don't care 
for fruit cake LOVE these!
Put on the kettle for a lovely cup of tea or a dark roast coffee with these delicious cookies,
and hey, they're one of Santa's favorites too! :-)

Fruit Cake Cookies

1/2lb candied cherries chopped
1/2 lb candied Pineapple chopped
1lb candied mixed fruit chopped
1lb white/golden raisins
1lb broken Pecans
Cream 1 stick butter and 1 cp brown sugar~
Add, 4eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Mix, 2cps flour with 
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp cloves
1tsp Nutmeg
Add to cream mixture with 2 Tbsp, sweet milk (reg whole milk) and
1/2 cp sherry, brandy, wine or grape juice.
Mix 1 cp flour with the fruit and Nuts and add to the mixture.
Drop from Tbsp onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake 300 degrees (f), about 20mins.
These cookies ripen, just as fruit cake does and they're are so yummy
that even folks who don't like fruit cake, LOVE these!


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Beautiful decorations! Wait, you have a fireplace in CA? LOL. Listening to your Christmas music now while I paint. Thank you!

TheCrankyCrow said...

I love the village Deborah!! And the tree! Awesome touches. These cookies sound wonderful - and different. I secretly love fruitcake - but no one else here does. So these might be the perfect solution for me to have my cake/cookie and eat it too! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin