Grandma B’s Fruitcake Cookies

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!


Five ingredients:

  1. 1 lb candied fruit (mixed) chopped in small pieces.
  2. 1/2 cup self rising flour
  3. 3/4 – 1 cup of shredded coconut
  4. 2 cups chopped pecans
  5. 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

  1. 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,

  2. 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!!

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