The pictures of my fruitcake cookies on social media have been receiving a myriad of comments — everything from “Yuk” to “Yay” to family stories! I love the stories so keep them coming in the comment section below!
A cake once revered, is now the butt of many holiday jokes—and with good reason. Have you tried some of the things they sell as “fruitcake”???? 😳
The fruitcake is traced back to at least Roman times and is often the cake choice of royals. Did you know that Charles and Diana’s wedding cake was a fruitcake with cream cheese frosting.
We are the third generation to make these cookies. Christmas would not be Christmas for Mr. G without these cookies. For me they were an acquired taste, but I have crossed over the line and totally love these cookies too.
The recipe is so simple!
- 1 lb candied fruit (mixed) chopped in small pieces.
- 1/2 cup self rising flour
- 3/4 – 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Dredge fruit through flour
- Add coconut, nuts and milk
- Bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 15 – 20 minutes.
- 300 degree oven
Makes approximately 4 dozen.
While it’s not necessary, I like to refrigerate the dough before baking.
Store uncovered — as much as possible.
Note: If you have trouble finding candied fruits … check here.
Give the cookies a try and let me know what you think!
5 thoughts on “Grandma B’s Fruitcake Cookies”
Thank you for this recipe. My grandmother worked at Pitts on Harvey St, in south Baltimore . The plant was at the end of our block &at age 10 or so I went in the plant sometimes at lunchtime and watched the process & ate lunch with her. She made German fruit cakes (dash of rum) & sold them at Christmas. She got the fruit wholesale from Pitts. Home made fruit cakes are the best for sure. I enjoyed your tender post last week & bet Christmas was fantastic at your home.
Good luck to you & your family,
Thank you Joe. Christmas is a special time and we try to keep it from getting too commercial! All the best to you.
I enjoy “good” fruit cakes. They bring fond memories from my childhood. My mom would get it out in the evening and slice a piece and we would drink tea together while nibbling our fruit cake!
Thanks so much for the memories and the recipe!!
I love hearing your story! So many fond memories around fruitcake. Merry Christmas! 🎄