Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

I love these cookies because they are so full of fruit and lots of raisins. It came from a Favorite Brand Names cookbook. I have been making them for Christmas for the past few years and everybody loves them! My co-workers love them too, so I always have to make them some too! I hate making fruitcake so these are much easier! I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper so they don't burn. My oven is quite hot so I lower the temperature by twenty five degrees. I don't bake them for as long because my oven is so hot. I bake them for eight minutes and they are just a nice shade of brown. Hope you like them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit( or lower) Lightly grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper. Set aside. Beat sugar and shortening in a large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, orange juice and rum extract, beat 2 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Add candied fruit, raisins and nuts. Stir into creamed mixture. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (or not as long, depending on oven heat) Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Most Helpful

I didn't have candied fruit to use in this recipe so substituted diced dried fruit, & I was most satisfied with the results (as were the neighbor kids who got them for a bake sale)! However, come the next round of winter holidays, I definitely plan on making these with the candied fruit! Thanks for sharing your recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in the current Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 17, 2009