What is a good recipe for fruitcake cookies?
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Orange-Iced Fruitcake Cookies
Prep: 45 minutes Bake: 12 minutes per batch Oven: 350°F
Makes: 96 cookies
Packed with dried fruit and walnuts, these citrusy cookies are a smaller and more convenient way to enjoy the traditional holiday flavors of fruitcake. The prep time for these cookies is a little longer than it is for many of the other recipes in this book, but that's because so much dough is produced. With a yield of 8 dozen cookies, this recipe is perfect to prepare for large group cookie exchanges.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, well-drained
1 8-ounce package chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 recipe Orange Icing
1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as your can. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in pineapple, dates, walnuts, dried cherries, raisins, and orange peel.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake in a 350° oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Frost cooled cookies with Orange Icing.
Orange Icing: In a medium bowl combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Gradually add additional orange juice until icing reaches desired consistency. Stir in 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel.
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