Laura's Old Fashioned Fruitcakes Cookies

Laura's Old Fashioned Fruitcakes Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or almonds)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup candied cherries, halved
  • 1/4 cup glace-candied fruit mix (such as candied pineapple, citron, orange peel, red cherries)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg; add bourbon and vanilla extract and mix until fully blended.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk to blend.
  4. Alternatively, add dry ingredients and buttermilk to batter and mix until blended.
  5. Fold the chopped nuts and fruit into batter by hand. Chill dough 10 minutes.
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons or with a small ice cream scoop, about 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake each cookie sheet for 8 to 9 minutes, until lightly golden.